Mesmerizing and unusually intimate science-fiction drama
about an American linguist (the excellent Amy Adams) trying to communicate with
aliens inside a spacecraft hovering over a Montana field — one of a dozen such
vessels that have descended at various spots around the globe and which
threaten to trigger panic and geopolitical instability. Director Denis
Villeneuve’s adaptation of a short story by Ted Chiang finds profundity on a
human scale as well as in the cosmos; and, while technically impressive, it
owes the bulk of its melancholy, mystical power to Adams’ gripping performance.
Regardless of whether the underlying science is logically coherent or meshes
with Christian thought, the primary values evinced are consonant with a
Catholic worldview. Probably acceptable for mature adolescents.
Watch out for: Some
potentially frightening scenes and a single instance of rough language.
Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: