Despite all this, don't mistake my praise for this to ignore a glaring weakness in the film, namely its third act. Just so we're clear, the third act is by no means awful, it's still solid, just not as much as the first two acts. The film's big twist is brilliant, but once we learn it, the film starts to rush a bit, which isn't necessarily bad, but it does mean that the answers become easy, which leaves little room for cleverness. Not bad, just the one area they needed more time with.
Arrival is an engaging and intelligent film, there's some fun here, but don't expect action fans (a majority of blockbuster audiences) to be fully in on this one. I personally loved it, if you're willing to sit for a sci-fi film where the goal is to prevent the action from happening, I highly recommend this one.
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Written by Octaviano Macias