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« on: November 14, 2016, 07:15:41 PM »

Gonna highly recommend this one.  Easily the best movie I've seen this year, and probably going on my all-time best sci-fi list. 

Reminded me a lot of Contact, with elements of Interstellar and Inception.  As some of the reviews have said, it's a very personal and "intimate" sci-fi story. 

It is fairly cerebral and definitely does not have much "action" per se, so you might need to be in a particular frame of mind to enjoy it as much as I did.  For me, it was the perfect antidote for some of my post-election anger and bitterness, kept me completely engaged for the entire two hours, sometimes literally on the edge of my seat.  It's been a long time since a movie absorbed me like that.  YMMV.
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2016, 07:35:23 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on November 14, 2016, 07:15:41 PM

Reminded me a lot of Contact, with elements of Interstellar and Inception.

The right elements from those movies could be really great, so I'm interested.  I think I watched a trailer a while ago, but probably won't seek one out now to avoid spoilers
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2016, 09:02:56 PM »

The reviews have been pretty out-of-the-park.  It was at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes at one point.  It's still sitting at 93%.
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2016, 09:29:31 PM »

I saw it Friday and also loved it.  I would recommend going in knowing as little as possible.  Don't watch trailers, etc. 

If you generally like cerebral sci-fi, you have all the information you require. 
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2016, 11:17:40 PM »

Maybe we'll go see it on thanksgiving. Nuthin else to do...or does everybody with nuthin else to do go to movies on thanksgiving? I was surprised how busy the theater was last xmas.
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2016, 10:20:13 PM »

I went to a matinee of this today.  It was pretty good.  Well made and all, but ultimately unsatisfying for me.

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It just seemed super obvious from the very opening scene and her "hit you on the head" voice over about how she views time differently that the outcome would be a way to view time non-linearly.  Add in all of the flashbacks/forwards and it was all pretty obvious about halfway through so I figured there must be something else coming...except there wasn't. 

They even really played up the mystery of who the kid's father was going to be, as if you didn't know it was going to be Jeremy Renner.  Ooooh, let's keep him out of focus for a couple minutes and then have a big reveal.  Bah.  What a joke.

It just felt like they were dragging everything on way past the point of where there was any mystery.  I'd put it on the "easy" end of the spectrum of taking elements from Contact, Sphere, Interstellar, etc.

But anyway, as I said above it was overall very well made and a good movie.  It just left me hollow at the end.
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2016, 07:26:30 PM »

Saw it last night. Loved everything about it. Felt like a mix between Contact and Close Encounters.
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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2017, 07:19:59 PM »

Really nice Collider interview with Arrival screen writer Eric Heisserer:
http://collider.com/eric-heisserer-arrival-interview/
*NOTE: Possibly a spoiler if you haven't yet caught The Arrival.

*Apparently Interstellar's ending forced a rewrite of The Arrival's conclusion, which ironically is for many folks their favorite part of the film. smile

*He makes director Denis Villeneuve sound like a really good guy and true collaborator with his writer(s). icon_smile Can't wait to see how the Blade Runner sequel turns out.
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2017, 07:28:07 PM »

Quote from: Blackjack on February 13, 2017, 07:19:59 PM

*Apparently Interstellar's ending forced a rewrite of The Arrival's conclusion, which ironically is for many folks their favorite part of the film. smile

That's really interesting, thanks for the read!  I have to say I absolutely loved The Arrival's conclusion, so if that was the case I guess I'm glad it worked out that way.  Still it sounds like the original ending would have been pretty good as well, and in some ways maybe make more sense to me, since I was kind of unclear what the intent is/was to be in the future.  But the way it plays out in the film was just so beautiful and moving, I really didn't care.  I just watched it again and still think it was my favorite movie of 2016.
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