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Arrival is a science fiction film (starring Amy Adams, in theaters January 19th) that you will love even if you don't like science fiction
There are science fiction film that are liked only by lovers of the genre and science fiction films that extend the shot to a wider audience, because within their fantastic and imaginative vision of reality they are able to insert points on which it is worth reflecting and others that it is a pleasure to learn.
It is the case of «Arrival», film by Denis Villeneuve with Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg at the cinema from January 19th.
The plot it is as old as the world (the cinematic world for sure): the arrival of aliens on Earth and the need to understand what they want from us and whether or not they are dangerous.
The development, in line with the rules of the American film, seasoned with good soldiers, bad corporals, a love story that hovers in the air in front of a sunset, Chinese warmongers and heroes who save the situation in a corner.
What makes it worth seeing? You will come out knowing more about a very interesting topic which is the study of language and language.
What is Arrival
It's any Tuesday and twelve unidentified objects appear in twelve different places on Earth, from Russia to Venezuela (but not in Italy, if you were wondering).
They are alien spaceships, in unknown material, 450 meters high and floating a few meters above the ground. Every 18 hours a hatch on the bottom opens and it is possible to enter.
Closed borders, planes on the ground, armies and heads of state from all over the world mobilized and in constant contact to address the situation.
In America, Colonel Weber assembles a team to interpret alien signals with one top priority: understanding what they want.
The role of Amy Adams
Key figure of the American team is the Louise Banks (Amy Adams), a linguist at a university in the northeastern United States recruited by the government to get into one of those spacecraft, interface with aliens and try to translate the strange way they communicate, to understand the purpose of their visit.
With her, a scientist, Ian Donnely (Jeremy Renner), a physicist who tries to approach communication with heptapods (the strange seven-footed figures that inhabit the spacecraft) through mathematics and calculation.
What you'll love about Arrival
If you were to understand and make yourself understood by someone who speaks a language completely different from yours, how would you do it?
The possible paths are numerous and very different, but what matters most is to create a common ground, a shared communication code and with the same rules from which to start any type of exchange - whether verbal, graphic or gestural - before starting to interpret what the other tells us.
We will see Louise and Ian do it, who soon abandon the strict rules imposed by the army to relate to aliens as you might do with a child who has to start talking.
And the process by which they manage to create a shared language is nothing short of fascinating.
Why you should see it
Arrival is a film that is as timely as ever because it tackles, extrapolating it from the news that surrounds us, the theme of how difficult it is to understand who has an alphabet (not only in the literal sense) different from ours, and how much fear we are afraid of what we do not understand.
Not only does the stranger terrify us and defense mechanisms are established against him - so, in the doubt between two possible interpretations, we take as good the one in which he wants to harm us - but also within the same Mondo family (with the representatives of the various states), at the first sign of danger we stop making a common front and take sides alone against everyone, paradoxically making ourselves more vulnerable.
The parallelism with what is happening in reality is very immediate and, net of science fiction, it has a very simple moral: you have to share information and learn to trust each other, because when the world is separated you risk war.
Does it remind you of anything?