TYMNHS: Movie Arrival (2016)

With aluminum monoliths showing up in different places around the world and with more people talking about extraterrestrial beings, I thought this movie might be a good pick for this edition of Things You Might Not Have Seen. In this blog post, I will highlight the 2016 alien movie Arrival.

In recent years, I have seen the trend of aliens being shown as gentle creatures and humans as being the aggressors. I don’t know if it is because we know ourselves too well at this point and it is a reflection of increased cynicism of our own world, but I like considering aliens as friends rather than enemies. What makes the movie Arrival unique?

  1. I was surprised when a linguist was the first person send to talk with the aliens. I was not surprised when the message was misinterpreted, lol.
  2. The concept of time. It is not linear in this movie. It raises a poignant question: Would you live your life the same knowing how it will happen?
  3. What will be your reaction to things/beings you don’t understand? Would you spend time to understand them or will you see them as a threat right away? The movie spends time exploring these questions and the answer is surprising.

Arrival is a fresh take on an alien movie. It is emotional and raw because it is a deep reflection of ourselves. The movie shows us that humans are vulnerable to aggression and violence, but they are capable of great understanding and great feats, if only they choose to rise above their fears.

Thank you for reading today’s blog post! I hope that you discovered something new today 😊

Published by Aisha Urooj

I live in Toronto, Ontario. I love living in my multicultural city. My hobbies include writing, reading, painting and photography. I adore classic books and hope to someday emulate the books that I love and cherish.

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