Arrival (2016)

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Arrival
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TitleArrival
Year2016
CountryCanada, India, USA
GenreScience Fiction (Movies)
Run Time1h 56 min
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Linguist Louise Banks’s daughter Hannah dies at the age of twelve from an incurable illness. Twelve extraterrestrial spacecraft hover over disparate locations around the Earth. Affected nations send military and scientific experts to monitor and study them; in the United States, US Army Colonel Weber recruits Banks and physicist Ian Donnelly to study the craft above Montana. On board, Banks and Donnelly make contact with two cephalopod-like, seven-limbed aliens, whom they call ‘heptapods’; Donnelly nicknames them Abbott and Costello. Banks and Donnelly research the complex written language of the aliens, consisting of palindrome phrases written with circular symbols, and share the results with other nations. As Banks studies the language, she starts to have flashback-like visions of her daughter.

When Banks is able to establish sufficient shared vocabulary to ask why the aliens have come, they answer with a statement which could be translated as “offer weapon”. China interprets this as “use weapon”, prompting it to break off communications, and other nations follow. Banks argues that the symbol interpreted as “weapon” can be more abstractly referred to the concept of “means”, “tool”; China’s translation likely results from interacting with the aliens using mahjong, a highly competitive winner-take-all game.

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Arrival
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Cast:

Amy Adams Amy Adams
Louise Banks
Jeremy Renner Jeremy Renner
Ian Donnelly
Forest Whitaker Forest Whitaker
Colonel Weber
Michael Stuhlbarg Michael Stuhlbarg
Agent Halpern
Mark O'Brien Mark O'Brien
Captain Marks
Tzi Ma Tzi Ma
General Shang

Linguist Louise Banks’s daughter Hannah dies at the age of twelve from an incurable illness. Twelve extraterrestrial spacecraft hover over disparate locations around the Earth. Affected nations send military and scientific experts to monitor and study them; in the United States, US Army Colonel Weber recruits Banks and physicist Ian Donnelly to study the craft above Montana. On board, Banks and Donnelly make contact with two cephalopod-like, seven-limbed aliens, whom they call ‘heptapods’; Donnelly nicknames them Abbott and Costello. Banks and Donnelly research the complex written language of the aliens, consisting of palindrome phrases written with circular symbols, and share the results with other nations. As Banks studies the language, she starts to have flashback-like visions of her daughter.

When Banks is able to establish sufficient shared vocabulary to ask why the aliens have come, they answer with a statement which could be translated as “offer weapon”. China interprets this as “use weapon”, prompting it to break off communications, and other nations follow. Banks argues that the symbol interpreted as “weapon” can be more abstractly referred to the concept of “means”, “tool”; China’s translation likely results from interacting with the aliens using mahjong, a highly competitive winner-take-all game.

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