Caught Arrival a couple of weeks ago, where M, S and I were looking for something to spend our Friday night on. (since they both skipped an IMPT meeting and we all ended up being available and bored).
Arrival is mainly about the arrival of twelve spacecrafts on earth, and Louise (Amy Adams), a linguist expert, is sent to make communication with the heptapods. As she tries to learn their language and attempts to communicate with them, she starts receiving visions of her and her daughter.
In a quite unexpected twist, it’s revealed that these visions are not flashbacks, but flashforwards. The heptapods bring the gift of seeing the future to Earth, and thus Louise was able to get glimpses of her future.
The most important flash-forward being that, she would marry Ian (the fellow physicist in the mission), and have a daughter. But, her daughter would die before reaching adulthood. Yet despite knowing the future of her daughter-to-be, she still decides to marry Ian and have a child with him.
It’s a fascinating conundrum, would you choose the same path of misery if you knew misery was going to befall? Is there value in the path itself, or is the end result enough to scare you offi the path entirely? I feel like theoretically, it’s easy to be gung-ho and say, yeah I would totally still choose the path. But when faced with it in reality, I’m not even sure how you would begin to think about it.
I went into the theatre, fairly sleepy and with zero expectations. But wow, let me tell you, the suspense is superbly handled and executed. The music was insanely good, constantly putting me on the edge of my seat. There could be literally nothing happening during a scene, but the music was enough to drive me crazy and keep me super tense for majority of the movie. It reminded me a lot of Maze Runner, which also had a fairly simply plot and set, but was entirely elevated by the great directing cuts and music score.
A wife who loses a husband is called a widow. A husband who loses a wife is called a widower. A child who loses his parents is called an orphan. There is no word for a parent who loses a child. That’s how awful the loss is.” ― Jay Neugeboren,