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USAFpilot Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 3:27 p.m. PST

If you haven't' seen the movie "Arrival" and you are a fan of science fiction, I highly recommend it. It's not a Star Wars, space action fantasy type of story, but rather a hard sf story. It has suspense and keeps you guessing right up until the end. It you are tired of seeing the same tired plot lines, check out this original movie.

28mm Fanatik17 Apr 2017 4:12 p.m. PST

Definitely one of the better offerings from the genre in recent memory. It was nominated for best picture in a crowded field at the most recent Oscars.

Here's my review of it: link

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 5:02 p.m. PST

I thought about renting it, but wasn't sure if I wanted to take a chance. I'll check it out.

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 5:06 p.m. PST

I had to scratch a few body parts for a few minutes to figure out the end. I had a good idea, but still needed to piece things together.

An Excellent movie, all around (though I liked Hidden Figures much more).

Oberlindes Sol LIC17 Apr 2017 5:53 p.m. PST

I liked Arrival a lot. After you've seen it, think about Interstellar.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 6:12 p.m. PST

It is a really good movie. A few aspects of it are kind of head-scratchers, but it is still very thought provoking with some of the most alien aliens I've ever seen in a movie.

Grignotage17 Apr 2017 7:27 p.m. PST

I absolutely loved this movie---my favorite sci-fi movie since District 9.

Schogun17 Apr 2017 7:36 p.m. PST

I recommend reading the short story on which Arrival is based -- "Story of Your Life" by Peter Chiang. It explains everything much better. The whole book with other short stories is amazing.

McWong7317 Apr 2017 11:32 p.m. PST

Solid "recommend" from myself.

Mobius17 Apr 2017 11:58 p.m. PST

I didn't like it at all. A waste of time.

Hollywood Aliens. Meh.

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2017 4:31 a.m. PST

I think the various body part scratchings come from the fact that a two hour movie was made from a short story, which led to some stretching and a few plot holes, but overall…a very good movie.

McWong7318 Apr 2017 6:23 a.m. PST

It made me scratch in a way few modern sf films do…that may not have come out right…

Hollywood Aliens have nothing on Bollywood Aliens


Norrins19 Apr 2017 6:27 a.m. PST

My Mrs struggled with this film until I quoted Dr Who at her and he presto it made sense to her.

"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff".

Mobius19 Apr 2017 6:59 a.m. PST

Time travelling aliens should of gone back in time and done their homework and deciphered humans languages before contacting them. Or brought a language translator with them instead of relying on humans.

But then it would be a different less interesting (from the point of hollywood) story. One concocted by writers about human translators about aliens. My impression was that the aliens were hidden from view most of the time not unlike zoo bears in their caves.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 7:55 a.m. PST

I don't think there was any actual time travel involved as in people travelling to different points in time. Clearly knowledge was being projected forward and backward in time between people, but that's not exactly the same thing.

platypus01au20 Apr 2017 1:22 a.m. PST

It's basically the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis. And like the hypothesis, it has its problems. But certainly not the worst sci-fi movie out there, and there are some shockers….


Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2017 7:37 p.m. PST

They needed help from humans in the distance future and humans knew how to communicate with them.

The humans told them that they learn many years ago after they visited.

But the aliens never made a visit so they knew that would have to go back in time to tach them.

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