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‘Arrival’ Looks Like the Brainy, Thrilling Sci-Fi Movie We’ve Wanted All Year

MoviesArrival Looks Like the Brainy, Thrilling Sci-Fi Movie We've Wanted All Year

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Amy Adams makes first contact with a mysterious alien race in the latest movie from Sicario's Denis Villeneuve.

The first trailer for Arrival introduces us to a mysterious alien race that has suddenly appeared on Earth. The question, as always: Do they come in peace?

That's the puzzle waiting to be solved by Amy Adams, an expert translator assigned to interpret the meaning behind a series of UFOs that appear hovering just above the ground. As the rest of the world descends into paranoia and chaos over the possibility that these aliens may be here to kill all of us, Adams keeps a cool head while she races to figure out what they're trying to communicate. "We need to make sure that they understand the difference between a weapon and a tool," she tells the U.S. military. "Language is messy, and sometimes one can be both."

Arrival is the latest in a string of heady original sci-fi movies to hit theaters in recent years, and this one is definitely looking more Interstellar than Independence Day. At the very least, Arrival's pedigree is unimpeachable. It's based on a Nebula Award-winning story by Ted Chiang. It was directed by Denis Villeneuve, the remarkable visual stylist behind movies like Enemy, Sicario, and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel. It boasts an impressive ensemble cast that includes Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, and Michael Stuhlbarg. It inspired an unprecedented bidding war at Cannes. And it just dropped one of the most intriguing trailers we've seen all year. So yeah, we're pretty hyped to head to the movies on November 11.

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