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Arrival (2016)
3 months ago via Movies on iPhone

Arrival squanders it's beautiful premise with a plodding, messy, and ultimately unsatisfying plot. This is a disappointment after three fantastic films from director Denis Villeneuve. Those films were filled with tension, held up by strong character development. Arrival, on the other hand, never builds to anything. I admire the film's thought-provoking themes, the compelling theory on the way language shapes our understanding of the world, but it just doesn't work on a narrative level.