Let’s first start this review off by asking why Amy Adams wasn’t nominated for an Oscar? Her performance was so powerful and emotional, I really think she should be up there with the nominees. Anyway, this was a perfect sci-fi film because it didn’t just focus on the aliens instead it focused on the life of Louisa and the whole idea behind, what if? which I absolutely loved.
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
The idea of translating an alien language had me hooked the moment I heard about it, as I’m a huge linguist myself and the idea of people being able to speak numerous languages blows my mind. Louisa as a brave, interlectual yet also flawed charatcer was really unique and made it impossible not to care about her and also made the film more human.
By telling the story through Louisa we are able to experience so much more emotion and that’s what really makes this film a great sci-fi film; it’s not all about the aliens it also about the human emotion, sacrifice and reaction. The clever use of flashbacks/flashforwards tricks the audience and metally transcends time and by the end of the film, we as an audience gain a completely different perspective on the whole storyline and characters and certainly left me sitting in awe.
As you’ve probably guessed from this glistening review, I would give this film 5/5 stars because it was an enticing and emotional sci-fi film which leaves its audience questioning and in awe at the whole film and the idea of what if. So, I leave you with the question of whether if you knew the future would you carry on?