Arrival starts out with Amy Adams remembering how her sweet little girl kicks the bucket. That’s right, this movie comes straight out of the gate with the super fun topics of cancer and depression.
But fortunately after the initial downer scene, Adams goes to work as a language professor and learns aliens have illegally parked dildo shaped ships around the world. Like everyone else on earth she takes the day off because she’s freaked out about big black things from outer space.
But after watching the news all night she decides to show up to work the next day like a complete moron. Fortunately while she is at work colonel Forest Whitaker shows up and asks her to interpret what the aliens are saying from a super ghetto recording. Not surprising she fails and he’s like, “Well that didn’t work. So now you get to meet the aliens in person which means, you get an all expense paid trip to boring ass Montana.”
In Montana Adams meets the aliens and theoretical physicist/awkward boyfriend Jeremy Renner. The two of them learn even though there are twelve ships spread around the world, nobody has a clue on how to communicate with these a-hole alien squatters.
But at least every eighteen hours the aliens open their ship to try to talk to Adams, Renner and the military crew. Adams uses marker on a white board to communicate with the aliens and the aliens answer back by using their tentacle to squirt a whole bunch of gross ink in the air. The problem is the aliens communicate with circles and nonlinear time. That’s right their language goes back in forth in time. Which made me say, “Hey aliens, if you figured out time, how about spending just a second to learn a little effin English?”
But what we learn is the aliens are teaching Adams their future language so that the human race can help them in 3000 years. Which is kind of cool but also kind of a selfish bastard thing to do.
Once Adams learns their language, we find out all of the flash backs she has been having in the movie are actually flash forwards. And she uses her new skill to see the future to stop the Chinese from killing the aliens and also to prove once again the world can’t do anything without knowledge and power of the good ole’ USA.
ADD Review: If you have ADD you won’t make it past the first five minutes of this movie. This is because this movie is a thinker and a little bit of a depressor.
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