Friday, December 30, 2016

7. Arrival

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film it offered a stirring riposte, but done the right way.  Arrival certainly isn’t lacking in Hollywood dazzle: there’s scale and bluster; there’s incredible special effects; there’s pace and tension. But it is also an intensely cerebral piece of work, transforming Ted Chiang’s short story into an atmospheric wrong-footing puzzle which plays with narrative conventions and linguistic head-scratchers. 

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