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While the world awaits for Dennis Villeneuve's grim, smoggy futuristic version of dystopian Los Angeles in Blade Runner 2, the director has revealed a 1-minute spot for his other sci-fi project 'Arrival'. It stars Amy Adams which is all I want to know. Still photographs of the film were released sometime this week giving our first look at the characters played by Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. The teaser was released a few minutes ago and it reminds you why the word 'thriller' is synonymous with the works of Dennis Villeneuve.
Here's a blurb for y'all
"....... When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – 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 movie, previously called 'Story of Your Life', is based on a short science fiction parable of the same name. Written by Ted Chiang, it won the 2000 Nebula Award for Best Novella and was nominated for the 1999 Hugo Award for best novella.
The 60 second teaser packs trademark styles of the Canadian-French director - Characters searching for something, tightly constructed scenes and isolated shots. In separate interviews before, Amy Adams said, "The movie happens in our world today, as it exists. Speaking of world building, Denis and the team have done a great job with the visuals and getting to something that looks familiar and not completely abstract” while Jeremy had to say this - “If you’re a parent, it’s going to wreck you. It’s big and there are thriller elements and tension, but it’s going to lean much more into a thinking person’s film.”
Dr. Louise Banks played by Amy Adams is a commendable linguist ordered by the U.S military to try and find a way to communicate with the extra-terrestrial guests who have arrived in a large pod (while other pods keep arriving) and settled on a luxurious spread of prairie away from the hustle-bustle of mega scrapers and city mongers.
Jeremy Renner as physicist Ian Donnelly works with Banks to help deconstruct the alien syntax from a mathematical POV while The Last King of Scotland Forest Whitaker puts on his military suit for the role of a Colonel Weber. The movie will be about the central character Dr. Louise Banks's personal transformation in the course of learning an alien language, her emotional process in understanding life from birth to death and beyond. While she is trying to "comprehend a language that’s alien in more ways than one, the rest of Earth is also having trouble communicating."
Major points from the book :
- The alien species are radially symmetrical
- They initiate contact
- They have two distinct language forms - a spoken and a written language
- The original story has two plots - Banks' attempt to communicate with aliens and an anecdotal look into her daughter’s life at various different ages
- What would it be like to go through life knowing what would happen in the future, but being unable to change it?
- The alien concept of time-space continuum is completely different from our own
Unsure if all the concepts from the book will be part of the script. But I'm excited for it. One thing's for sure - Dennis Villeneuve is on a roll. A tight cerebral sci-fi drama about determinism, language, and Sapir–Whorf hypothesis will unfold on November 11,2016. And then, we wait for Blade Runner 2