When I’m worn out by the endless rounds of comic book and reboot tentpoles, it’s original (and serious) high concept sci-fi like this that gives me a fresh jolt of hope.
In the first 60-second tease for Paramount’s Arrival, starring Amy Adams, we see this official premise set up:
- When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are 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.
Arrival is directed by Denis Villeneuve, helmer of the drug trade crime drama Sicario (which also had a strong female lead in Emily Blunt), one of 2015’s best. If you’re not familiar with his work (which also includes the Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal kidnap thriller Prisoners), Villeneuve has a sort of a “David Fincher meets Michael Mann” intense precision.
Co-starring Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, the first full official trailer debuts Tuesday, August 16.
Previously titled Story of Your Life (read into that what you will), Arrival opens on November 11, 2016.