Arrival: the new sci-fi movie worth getting excited about

Yesterday saw the first trailer drop for Arrival, a mysterious new sci-fi thriller you should definitely be getting excited about

“But why?” you might ask. And for a film with limited hype and a low-profile, you’d be forgiven for doing so.

But the sci-fi thriller is definitely one of the most exciting prospects still to come this year by far. Don’t believe us? Here’s that teaser in all its glory:

Still not convinced? Well, here’s a few things to consider that might change your mind:

It’s the next film from Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve is one of the best directors working in film today. Seriously.

You may not be familiar with his name, but Villeneuve has been working tirelessly behind the camera on modern cult classics like Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy.

While those may not have been big screen smashes, Villeneuve is slowly working his way in to the mainstream, and last year’s Sicario saw widespread acclaim.

He looks to continue his rise through the ranks with Arrival.

It’ll be quite the trip

Arrival screenshot

You’d expect most directors moving from more idiosyncratic roots to more mainstream films to rest on their laurels; cash in their artistic integrity in a chase for the big money.

But not Villeneuve, who seems to be making strides in Hollywood without swallowing his pride.

The minute-long teaser for Arrival doesn’t give too much away, but from the unnerving atmosphere of the whole thing (there’s something slightly ‘off’ about it all), we’d suspect there’ll still be a load of creative flourishes in there.

And that’s in spite of the big name cast…

The cast looks pretty good

Arrival screenshot

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star in the film, and with a supporting cast that includes Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg, you just know some stellar performances are headed our way.

It appears to be the sort of film that big name Hollywood stars relish for the fact it allows them to fully exercise their acting chops, and from this brief trailer there’s a distinct impression that this is the case.

The story sounds like it’s taking a refreshing approach

Arrival screenshot

From what can be gathered from the trailer and the film’s brief synopsis, Arrival centres on an alien invation of planet earth. So far, so typical sci-fi. But what looks like it could set this film apart from all others, is its totally different approach to the crisis, one that stems from Amy Adams’ character’s profession.

She’s a linguistics expert.

So, it sounds like arrival won’t neccessarily be a gung-ho, all out action adventure ala Independence Day; could we be seeing a more wordy approach to alien invation?

While that might sound like a snooze-fest for some, rest assured that with Villeneuve at the wheel, we’ll be in for one of the most intriguing films of the year.

Arrival is scheduled to hit cinemas on November 11


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