Arrival (2016 Film) Background

Arrival (2016 Film) Background

2016's Arrival is based on a novella called "Story of Your Life" (1998) by Ted Chiang. Like the novella, the film tells the story of linguist Dr. Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams) and physicist Ian Donnelly (played by Jeremy Renner) as they they try to decipher the language of aliens -- who they later call heptapods -- who have just landed on Earth. Along the way, Louise learns a lot about herself, science, language, and time and eventually has a daughter with Ian (the daughter we see at the start of the film).

Upon release, Arrival received tremendous critical and financial success. On movie review site Rotten Tomatoes.com, it has a critics rating of 94% and an audience approval rating of 82%. That sites critics consensus reads: "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." The film was also nominated for a plethora of Academy Awards, including: Best Picture, Best Director for Villeneuve, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing (which it won). It is considered one of the best films of 2016 and a defining film in the science fiction genre in the vein of Blade Runner (the sequel to which Villeneuve would go on to direct the next year in Blade Runner 2049). On a moderate budget of $47 million, it returned a staggering $203.4 million at the box office.

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