A thoughtful, metaphysical science fiction, Arrival is considerably more challenging than the average alien invasion adventure. Just when you think you’ve worked it out, director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) throws in another question into the mix.
Pondering on the bigger questions of time, loss and love can get a little bogged down and, at the two-third point, Arrival flags. But a quiet, nuanced performance by Amy Adams (Nocturnal Animals, Doubt) carries the film through its more uncertain moments. And the denouement was certainly unexpected!