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UFOs would unite the Universe: James Ademuyiwa reviews the movie “Arrival”

UFOs would unite the Universe: James Ademuyiwa reviews the movie “Arrival”


It is a good thing to go to the movies and be encompassed for couple of hours in the projection of people’s creative and dedicated thoughts. However, it is another thing to be in the same cinema hall with those who you could at the end of the movie meet as strangers, discuss the movie and eventually get to unravel the mystery in a poetry-like-movie, ‘Arrival.’

A science-fiction that makes you want to rethink believing in visions.

A normal quick review would go something like this description from Wikipedia, “Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.” You know what? Don’t get carried away.

Suspense is key. An element not only well deployed in a ‘Steve Polta’ directed movie ‘Arrival’ but attached with an undisclosed ending to a feeble minded tag-along movie fans.

With questionable scenes of Colonel Weber ‘Forest Whitaker’, coming in with an indemnified order from Pentagon to get Louise Banks ‘Amy Adams’, a linguistics professor to not only get to understand an out-of-this world tape recorded language but to interpret it for the US government in order to take actions. It makes one question oneself on the spot about if being an expert in a field could result in trouble, about the possible existence of downsides to being excellent.

Banks – who requested to be taken to the spot of arrival of one of the 12 UFOs (Unidentified Flying Object) at different locations in the world located at the state of Montana – soon met, Ian Donnelly ‘Jeremy Renner’ a professor of physics that ‘understands communication yet he is single.

Flashbacks are important in movies, they are vital to creating effective back story. Nevertheless, when they become brain threatening like the dreams in dreams of Jackie Chan in his movie ‘The Myth’, you get to be frustrated especially when you remember you actually got a ticket to see this movie.

‘Arrival’ did exactly that. I was disappointed when it made it conspicuous in the end that, effects that look like flashbacks are not necessarily flashbacks but could also be visions too, I felt like my time had been wasted.



Language is key; it is the soul of communication, it’s important that I commend the producers for recognizing this vital fact.  In Arrival, it was made clear that, in order to unite this world against wars and other humanitarian disasters, we need to have a single language. A language that will not need us to get interpreters to understand each other, by this, a future where physical barriers would become nothing and we all would be addressed as citizens of the world is clearly visible.

Just one of the ways it might be possible is what the movie suggested, where the 12 objects at different locations in the world spoke the same language to pass the message of peace and left at the end of the assignment.

But, here is the question, is it humanly possible to be united by a language given by Unidentified Flying Objects in centuries to come?

This perhaps was why in an uncontrollable fit, and in an effort to make sense of a story that did not make much sense to them, the makers of this movie made it all in a vision.

It is also a message that some people somewhere, somehow, want a united world. Yet, while we guess, let us wait for their Arrival that would make reality out of this vision, out of this though annoying vision.

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James Ademuyiwa

James Ademuyiwa

James Ademuyiwa is a graduate of Mass Communication, an Award winning Spoken Word Poet, a critic and a Social Media Strategist at CutEdge Media, a fast rising Digital Marketing agency.

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UFOs would unite the Universe: James Ademuyiwa reviews the movie “Arrival”

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