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Arrival [Nov. 25th, 2016|11:34 am]
Tony Grist
It's going to happen- and it may not happen much like this- but when it does it's going to take a crowbar to everything we think we know.

This is cerebral SF- more Tarkovsky that Lucas. There's an explosion- but only the one. The alien ships come and plonk themselves down on humanity's lawns and humanity goes, "Erm..."

We're mostly in rural Montana. It's cold and comfortless out here. The little humans with their piddling little weapons and jeeps and tents- looking very temporary, very provisional- are dwarfed by the alien ship- like a huge nut set on end- with a hard shell of who knows what exactly- windowless- hundreds of feet from end to end.

The aliens have a language and a linguist is brought in to learn it. But language encodes consciousness and what happens to your mind when you learn a language that encodes a consciousness that is so much greater than your own?
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[User Picture]From: tagryn
2016-11-27 11:07 pm (UTC)
An acquaintance said it was "Everything Interstellar was trying to be." After seeing it...I don't know about that. I know Interstellar and Gravity both had their problems, but I found them each more entertaining than Arrival. The plot twist opens up a lot of issues, as that particular plot twist often does, and none of them are explored as far as I could tell.

I don't feel I wasted my time seeing it, but neither do I feel any desire to watch it again.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-28 09:31 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Gravity but I liked Interstellar a lot. I don't particularly want to pit one film against the other. I'm just happy when people make SF films that are about ideas rather than explosions.
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