Denis Villeneuve, the Canadian director behind Sicario, Incendies and Prisoners is one of the finest filmmakers in the business right now. And if the first trailer for his upcoming science fiction film Arrival is any indication, he has no intention of breaking his winning streak.
On paper, Arrival is the archetypal story of a close encounter. It is the story of the arrival of alien ships, much like how it happened in films like District 9, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Close Encounters of the Third Kind or even Independence Day. But where Roland Emmerich’s film (and its sequel) were more concerned with blowing things up, Villeneuve’s movie is about something else altogether: Linguistics.
You didn’t see that coming did you? But before you get confused, watch the trailer: