For those of us who want to believe, new film Arrival offers a look at what it means for a civilian to be swept up in the world of alien encounters. The film focuses on linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) after she is chosen by the government to speak with the extraterrestrial beings who land in her city. After 11 more ships touch down across the globe, Banks and her colleagues must rush to figure out the aliens’ intentions before worldwide war breaks out.
Arrival features a stellar cast, with Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker joining Hollywood darling Amy Adams. Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) directed the script by Eric Heisserer (Lights Out), which was adapted from Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life.” Paramount released the film’s first trailer earlier this month, and now we’re lucky enough to see two clips from the movie the day before it premieres at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.
The clips, published by The Playlist and entitled “Proper Introduction” and “That Just Happened,” elaborate on some scenes showcased on the trailer. Take a look at the clips:
Director Villaneuve showcased his unique ability to treat a cop film like an indie drama with last year’s Canne debut Sicario. Judging by these clips, Arrival will carry on in that vein, with the tension-ridden narrative underscored by muted lighting and contemplative scenes. If anyone is right for Villaneuve’s stark-yet-adrenaline-fueled aesthetic, it’s Adams, who has shown her range in both understated (Her, Big Eyes) and exaggerated performances (American Hustle). Likewise, the “That Just Happened” clip reveals Renner’s character to be somewhat of a snark, which fits in with his Hawkeye experience just fine. And Whitaker was a dramatic powerhouse in recent films like Southpaw and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
Though these clips show little more than what the trailer offered, they do give viewers a better sense of the film’s overall feeling and tone. Instead of each scene being condensed for trailer-level digestibility, these clips ask the viewer to marinate in the film’s complicated and tense moments. In “An Introduction,” we get a sense of the quiet composure Adams brings to Banks’ character. When her fellow crew members loudly discourage her to remove her suit, she merely states, “They need to see me,” before removing the protective layer. She also barely flinches when a star-shaped alien body jumps out at her through the misty haze. Conversely, “That Just Happened” introduces the viewer to one of Banks’ more anxious moments, as she takes in the massive spaceship and gulps in air.
These two clips, though short, give us a valuable sneak peek at the cinematic world of Arrival: a happy medium somewhere between Ex Machina and Prometheus. And if the performances they feature are any indication, this film could earn Adams or Whittaker yet more Oscar nods, and seriously show off their colleagues’ chops.
Arrival premieres at the Venice Film Festival September 1, 2016, before arriving in theaters November 11, 2016.
Source: The Playlist