The Arrival Reviews
The movie is well made, despite Sheen being a little over the top. The Arrival came out the same year as ID4 and wasn't as big of a hit of course. It was a lot more original though.
Just don't expect alien death rays or any big budget stuff. The aliens just use scorpions to kill people that uncover too much. David Twohy (Pitch Black) directing his first movie showed skill as well. The movie has some good visuals and is well shot despite a not so big budget.
All in all, I dug the premise though... also the creative take on global warming. If they could shave a half hour off of this and add some more atmosphere it coulda been pretty good.
Though I must say this isn't so much a "film" as a bad Tales From the Darkside episode as far as production value, casting, writing and - - well everything actually. Viewing it is quite a chore, it's not even worth watching for laughs. (What a gyp!)
Trust me, just move along....The way I see it, I suffered my way through this so you don't have to.
Bad haircut, bad goatee, bad glasses, bad lines. That is Charlie Sheen for the most part of this science fiction thriller. However, suddenly the heat is on when the aliens become aware that their plan is under threat and Ziminski loses the specs and becomes a bit of a (unlikely) hero.
For all its problems, "The Arrival" manages to create a small amount of tension as you start to wonder just who is with Ziminski and who is against him. The special effects are impressive yet subtle but they are not enough to warrant this movie a must see.