By Sandra Kraisirideja
When is a sci-fi movie not a sci-fi movie? When it’s directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Villeneuve (Prisoners and Sicario) is an expert at creating tension and dread in his movies. There is certainly a lot of ominous overtones in Arrival, which begins on the day several alien aircraft arrive on earth.
There is a lot I liked about this movie that I can’t really elaborate on without spoiling the viewing experience. Let me say that I liked this movie very much and I found myself thinking about it even a few days after seeing it.
The cast, which includes Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, is well-acted throughout. Adams is a terrific actress and it’s nice to see her in a lead role again. And it’s always a pleasure to see Renner in a movie that does not take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Cinematographer Bradford Young used an unusual depth of field focus that would blur out the people and scenery in front of the actor for most of a scene. I’m not sure what this was supposed to mean about the character or the scene but it happened enough where I made note of it.
This is just one setback in a movie that elevates the sci-fi genre in the same way as Inception.