Synopsis: Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Denis Villeneuve
Production: 21 Laps Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 64 wins & 251 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

I used to think

this was the beginning

of your story.

Memory is a strange thing.

It doesn't work

like I thought it did.

We are so bound by time,

by its order.


Okay. Come back to me.

Come back to me.

Come back to me.

Stick 'em up!

Are you the sheriff

in this here town?

These are my tickle guns,

and I'm gonna getcha!


You want me to chase you?

You better run!



I remember

moments in the middle.

I love you.

I hate you!

And this was the end.


Come back to me.

You come back to me.

But now I'm not so sure

I believe in beginnings

and endings.

There are days that define

your story beyond your life.

Like the day they arrived.

Good morning.


Where is everyone?

Okay. Well,

let's get started.

Today we are talking

about Portuguese

and why it sounds

so different

from the other

romance languages.

The story of Portuguese begins

in the kingdom of galicia...

Sorry. the middle ages,

where language was seen

as an expression of art.

Any news

you want to share?

Dr. banks, can you turn

the TV to a news channel?

...but police have

already set up a blockade

here around the area.

As you can see,

we've got just about

as close as we can,

but unfortunately,

Montana right now

is on complete lockdown.

The object apparently

touched down 40 minutes ago,

just north of i-94.

We're waiting to hear

if this is perhaps

an experimental vessel or...

Hold on, it...

I'm learning that more objects

like this have landed in

as many as

eight other locations

around the world.

Yes, can we?

This is from

a site in hokkaido.

This is worldwide.

It is happening right now.

Okay. Um...

I'm sorry.

Class is dismissed.

You are an idiot!

You drove right into me!

You just ruined my car!

For now, we're simply

asking for cooperation

while authorities

assess the object.


you're saying it's not ours?

Do you even know

if it's from earth?

We're still collecting


We're coordinating

with other countries.

We're not the only ones to

have one of these

in our backyard.

If this is some sort

of peaceful first contact,

why send 12?

Why not just one?

Yeah, I know.

I saw that, too.


Uh-huh. I don't know, mom.

I'm watching the same

news coverage you are.

Well, mom, please don't

bother with that channel.

How many times

do I have to tell you?

Those people are idiots.

Yeah, well,

do I sound nervous?

Okay. Exactly. So...

Um, me? Yeah, um,

you know me.

I'm about the same.

Mom, I'm fine.

Okay, I'll call you later.


And around eight

hours after landing,

there are still no signs

of what might be called

"first contact."

Now, the objects measure

at least 1,500 feet tall...

Two are reported to have

penetrated Russian airspace.

One in Siberia, and the other

off the coast of the black...

...above the ocean.

So far, there are

12 unidentified objects

spread across the globe.

There is no obvious logic

to their locations

and no evidence that

the ships are even occu...

...entertain the idea that

if it is a kind of vessel,

it may be unmanned.


we have a protocol for scenarios like this.

After Tuesday's

extraordinary events,

the president this morning has

declared a state of emergency,

with as many as

5,000 national guard

being deployed to

the state of Montana alone.

Borders are closed and

flights have been grounded,

stranding millions

of travelers.

Panic buying of gas,

water and food

continues to escalate,

and federal authorities

have temporarily lifted

all caps on overtime

for law enforcement.

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Eric Heisserer

Eric Andrew Heisserer (born 1970) is an American screenwriter. His screenplay for the film Arrival earned him a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination at the 89th Academy Awards in 2016. He also wrote the horror films A Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, The Thing and Lights Out, and wrote and directed Hours with Paul Walker. more…

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