(This review may contain spoilers).
I felt the way this movie started was really powerful and intense. The relationship Louise had with her daughter was a powerful running theme through this movie and although it wasn’t clear what kind of relationship she had with her daughter’s father at first, things began to make sense as the movie went on.
I thought it was interesting to see how the different countries reacted to the appearance of the aliens. The fact that some of them had different ways of communicating with the aliens was particularly intriguing and I thought it made a lot of sense that they were all reluctant to work together.
I did think that a lot of time was glossed over. Even though I enjoyed seeing little snippets of Louise and Ian’s relationship, by the end of the movie, I felt it wasn’t as believable as it could have been. And while it was interesting to see snippets from Ian’s perspective, I felt that a lot of the main focus was on Louise. The movie was more character-driven, but it seemed to only be driven by one character.
There were parts of this movie I felt were very surreal. It was interesting to see the effects the aliens were having in Louise’s dreams, but there was one scene in particular that felt more surreal than it actually should have, considering it was a scene in reality where Louise was talking to the aliens.
I did think there was a lot of good acting and the actions of most of the characters made sense. This film did require attention being paid, though, as there was quite a bit of foreshadowing and links to earlier scenes in the movie.
I did find this movie entertaining and engaging to watch. While I wouldn’t buy it straight away as soon as it comes out on DVD, I wouldn’t mind watching it again in the future.