Arrival (2016)

Sort of like a pretentious version of 1997’s “Contact,” Denis Villeneuve’s science-fiction drama arrives with the seriousness of a Stanley Kubrick genre offering, but the plot and screenplay can’t sustain the humorless tone. Amy Adams is mostly wasted in the lead role, while Jeremy Renner is rather miscast as a milquetoast scientific wiz. Nevertheless the story itself is fascinating and there are flashes of inspiration here and there, not to mention stunning special effects and a great use of sound, but overall it feels like a rushed adaptation of a much richer novel.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

You can watch the trailer here:

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