This is a movie I had to see. From Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) to Contact (1997) I have enjoyed seeing first contact sci-fi.
IDK how much to show you of this movie. It opens with an arrival of a child in flashback but then moves to the advent of a dozen huge extraterrestrial ships stationed around the planet, hovering a few feet off the ground with anti-grav capability.
Every 18 hours a door opens and humans are allowed inside to face-to-face with the aliens thru a transparent partition. The alien atmosphere is foggy so it's hard to see the totally alien life forms, similar to our octopods but with 7 appendages,(heptapods) and whose language was foreign to any reference on the planet.
Inside Alien Ship
The government sends Col. Weber (Forest Whitaker) for renowned linguist, Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams).
On the way to the site she meets physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner). These are the three main characters thru out the movie with Louise & Ian taking risks to find a way to communicate with these obviously highly advanced intelligent beings.
Louise & Ian Decipher Alien Writing
That's it. If you like intelligent, thot provoking sci-fi, go see this movie. If you enjoyed Contact go see this movie. It has dramatic elements and sometimes you think of The Day the Earth Stood Still, when you see the reaction to all the governments confronted with such an advanced alien appearance. If not for conquest of our inferiorly defended planet, then the question is, why are they here?
I really liked this movie as did 83% of audiences. The aggregate critics on Rotten Tomatoes really liked this movie at 93%. Their consensus was: "Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person's sci-fi that anchors its heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams."
I may see it again in theater. It seems to be a given to get all the nuance missed on first viewing.