in about 100 words or less
US 116m, Colour
Director: Denis Villeneuve; Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma
An adaptation of Ted Chiang’s 1998 novella entitled the “Story of Your Life”, Arrival is an intelligent and moving science fiction film that explores the meaning of language and the concept of time. Employing the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, which suggests that our language shapes our worldview and our understanding, the film’s central character decodes an extraterrestrial language that opens her mind to unexpected insights and seemingly impossible abilities (Klaus Ming February 2017).