Language And Communication In Films In Denis Villeneuve's 'Arrival'

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There seems to be a growing trend with space travel and post-apocalyptic films. Arrival can be linked to films like Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Ridley Scott’s The Martian. This isn’t a typical alien invasion film. Director Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” is a film that centers around language how it influences how we think and live our lives. This film is a science fiction masterpiece that we leave you speechless. The film is set in present day and follows linguist Dr. Louise Banks who is brought in when twelve unidentified spacecrafts touchdown around the world. With the help of the military, a scientist named Ian Donnelly, and a team of investigators they try to seek out answers as to why the Heptapods are here? The big question is what do they want? Louise is tasked to find out if the aliens are here peacefully or should they be treated as a threat. Through her sessions with the Heptapods, she deciphers their language which is presented to her with a series of symbols. Now that Louise understands the way the Heptapods communicate she’s getting closer to be able to find out the how and the why for the Heptapods arrival. But with the nation growing impatient Louise and her team must race against time to find answers before mankind declares war on the invaders. Language and communication is an important theme in the film.…show more content…
An example could be Louise’s character. From the beginning, Louise just wanted to understand the Heptapods she wanted to learn from them and teach them. Her character is soft-spoken and kind. While her peers were demanding answers and being very hostile Louise presented herself as an ally to our uninvited guest. Throughout the film, we get a good sense of Louise's morality. She only wants to do what is right for the heptapods she grows a very strong connection with Abbott and

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