The first trailer for Amy Adams’ Arrival has arrived, and it’s amazing
The first trailer for director Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, the new science fiction film starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner has arrived, and it looks incredible.hollywood Updated: Aug 16, 2016 20:53 IST
Denis Villeneuve, the Canadian director behind Sicario, Incendies and Prisoners is one of the finest filmmakers in the business right now. And if the first trailer for his upcoming science fiction film Arrival is any indication, he has no intention of breaking his winning streak.
On paper, Arrival is the archetypal story of a close encounter. It is the story of the arrival of alien ships, much like how it happened in films like District 9, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Close Encounters of the Third Kind or even Independence Day. But where Roland Emmerich’s film (and its sequel) were more concerned with blowing things up, Villeneuve’s movie is about something else altogether: Linguistics.
You didn’t see that coming did you? But before you get confused, watch the trailer:
So as you saw, Arrival is still a hard sci-fi movie, one that deals with important themes, and is shot beautifully by Bradford Young, but unlike some of the more mainstream alien invasion films, it has more on its mind than just flashy visuals and loud dogfights. It’s a great primer before we get Villeneuve’s Blade Runner sequel in 2017.
Amy Adams plays the linguist who’s called in to make first contact with the aliens, and in a refreshing turn of events, her default reaction isn’t to blow them to smithereens, but to have a conversation.
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It’s also blessed with a fantastic supporting cast. Joining Adams are Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhbarg, and they all look like they’re on fine form. Villeneuve has always been great with actors and has a great eye for striking visuals and Arrival pushes him into exciting new directions.
Arrival was sold for a record breaking $20 million at the Cannes Film Market, further establishing the pedigree of all involved. It arrives on 11 November. Look for it to do well at the Oscars next year.
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