Communication with aliens is at the heart of this sometimes tortured movie With eyeballs pinned back by the computer imagery of Independence Day and the Star Wars reprise of the original, it seems logical that Arrival should be marketed as science fiction. A number of alien craft descend on the Earth and hover — so what do they want, and are they enemies about to harvest our poor, depleted planet?Actually, no: their purpose is revealed only towards the end, and the film is subdued, almost crafted for nouveau outlets. Its avoidance of crashing conflict focuses on Dr Louise Banks, a linguist tormented by flashes of visions of past and future. It’s an internal, emotional portrait. She’s played by Amy Adams in a performance of a lifetime.There is one caveat. The aliens in their vast, oblate eggy ships are revealed as — well, that’s a reveal. I yearned for Stanley Kubrick’s hints at powers and shapes that are invisible; and how much more powerful an impression that makes. Here the "hepta...

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