Arrival (2016)

Theatrical Release: November 11, 2016
Arrival (2016)


When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – 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.

Dove Review

“Arrival” is not your typical alien or science-fiction film. It doesn’t contain a lot of action, it contains little. It focuses on intellect and is, frankly, a bit cerebral. It does not feature aliens easily connecting with humans; in fact, just the opposite. The humans struggle to learn the aliens’ way of communicating, making use of Louise Banks (Amy Adams), a linguist, and a science expert in Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner). Col. Weber (Forest Whitaker) oversees the project to make contact with the alien craft, shaped like an upright egg. The creatures they encounter are very different and it is difficult to understand their communication style. Slowly but surely Banks and Donnelly begin to make progress, connecting with two of the aliens, who are dubbed “Abbott and Costello.” The aliens have 12 contact crafts stationed around the world, including Russia and China. To understand the alien’s purpose and intent becomes the main goal.

The film is slow moving in the beginning and then a bit of a head scratcher at the end. But no matter; it contains the “F” bomb and we are unable to award it our Dove Family-Approved Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A male character comments to his wife that they should "make a baby."
Language: OMG/OG-3; Holy F-1; D-1; H-1; ba*tard-1; sc*ew it-1; idiots-1.
Violence: A car backs into another car; TV news of people around the world rioting, looting, being violent; a building in flames is seen; it's said a "Pentecostal" group burned down a building with themselves inside as they believed it was the end of the world; footage of violence and a shooting in Venezuela; the audio of military firing at alien ship; two humans shoved out of the way before an explosion; two characters are knocked out after landing hard in a long corridor; overheard on a speaker phone is the sound of gunfire as a Russian interpreter is executed; gun held on two characters attempting to communicate by phone with another country.
Drugs: A silhouetted shot of a wine bottle and a glass are seen on a table; the drinking of wine in a few scenes; the mention of a "cocktail" of drugs so a space team can handle an alien encounter better; medic wants to give characters more medicine to boost their immunity systems; a comment about cracking open a bottle.
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: Great fear of an alien invasion; tension between characters; the loss of a child and death and grief.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Eric Heisserer, Ted Chiang
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 116 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter