Viewed – 17 November 2016 Cinema
I went into this in the hope of something a bit different. The trailer promised a more realistic version of say, Independence Day with less bombastic action and more character and believability. Well thankfully that’s exactly what I got … and more.
Amy Adams, easily one of my favourite actresses right now plays a linguistics professor who following the arrival of a series of immense objects at various locations across the globe is called in by the military to help communicate with the ‘aliens’. The opening scenes of this movie were very well done, memories of a baby, who grows into a little girl, interspersed with the stark reality of the arrival, news footage, global panic and a incredible feeling of dread … gave this a different, more human feel than what I’d normally expect from such material. It clearly was focusing of Amy Adam’s character and how her experiences might guide her through a very challenging and uncomfortable experience. Jeremy Renner, another favourite plays a scientist on hand to assist Adam and help her figure out a strange language. Now I’ll admit I was never fully on board with how they start communicating and translating what is basically a series of circular shapes, but well … Hollywood. Yet the performances here, suitably ominous direction and some clever-ass writing made this a great deal more than I was anticipating. The first half of the movie is a tad slow and I was thinking this was getting a bit boring … but then a twist changes all of that and made me re-think much of what I’d seen and well, brought in comparisons to Interstellar … which is all I’ll say on that.
For an intelligent, at times poetic alien invasion movie, and with strong performances across the board with only the translation thing my only nit-pic then I’d say check this one out.
Verdict: 4 /5