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3.53

Awesome: 16.67%
Worth A Look: 23.33%
Average56.67%
Pretty Bad: 3.33%
Total Crap: 0%

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Arrival, The
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by Slyder

"Needed more, more density"
3 stars

The Arrival falls on the list as one of those films that would have and should have been a lot better than what they turned out to be. Writer/Director David N. Twohy (The Fugitive) brings out some great ideas but in most parts of the movie, it’s just tiresome as fuck, and you can’t help but sigh and stare at the clock and wait until it’s over. I tried to like this movie, but just couldn’t, and felt rather empty ad the end of the film. No wonder it was smashed to bits by the more crappier ID4.

Radio astronomer Zane Zaminski (Charlie Sheen) discovers a radio signal of extraterrestrial origin. As soon as he turns it in for investigation, he is fired. Soon he starts investigating the origin of the signal on his own, and the clues lead him into Oaxaca, Mexico, and with the help of Meteorologist Ilana Green (Lindsay Crouse) he finds a electrical power facility where the people that work there are not what they seem and the means for the facility are not what it seems either. Charged with murder, Zane escapes with proof of an alien invasion that is to come in a near future.

Sounds like a good idea doesn’t it? Well, it is, and director Twohy comes up with really interesting ideas. The use of the global warming problem is well developed for the plot and the facility in Mexico is creepy and memorable. Twohy manages to inject some good suspense in the many action parts of the film, and the idea for the aliens is clever. Lindsay Crouse’s character adds more data into the plot and the importance of the weather, and how the weather has to do with the aliens and all, which I also found clever. You know, being a Mexican and all, I was a little taken by surprise by the way that Twohy uses the traditional Mexican holiday “Dia de los Muertos” or Day of the Dead for his intentions about the alien invasion and the end of mankind. That was way interesting. Oh, and that sphere was also cool.

The bad part though is that the film is just too fucking slow. There are parts in the film that should’ve been speeded up, but most of it just takes too much time to explain, and it gets tiresome. The other parts include Zane’s love interest in Char (Teri Polo). The relationship is too plastic, and there isn’t too much chemistry between the two, and is basically nothing more than an instrument to increase Zane’s paranoia. This in turn makes Zane’s character predictable in terms of development, since we’ve seen better character developments than this one (try Close Encounters). The film aims high, and I applaud director Twohy of coming up with a lot of good ideas with a limited budget, but the rest just falls flat. The screenplay needs improvement in speeding the action up, because in those many parts of the film I was ready to fall asleep. Hell, my uncle slept twice in the movie. The ending was somehow disappointing, and could’ve been better.

The performances were all right. Charlie Sheen gives a worthy performance as Zane. Lindsay Crouse was also all right. That kid though was very annoying. Ron Silver stands out the most with the portrayal of the villain who hides a secret so shocking that Zane didn’t even thought about. The rest of the cast was ok.

In the end, this film tries a lot, but it falls flat on its face. It would’ve been better but it wasn’t. But at least it’s better than ID4, so you can go ahead and watch at your own risk. 2.5-5

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User Comments

3/13/14 PAUL SHORTT CLEVER CONSPIRATORIAL SCI-FI 3 stars
5/06/08 Neil Foster Heck, i even liked the sequel 4 stars
6/13/07 Mark Louis Baumgart I saw this movie when it first came out and thought it alright, I think it's gotten better. 4 stars
5/26/06 dowmling the ending was so coolio 5 stars
8/18/05 ES destroyed by ID4, this was so much better than that drivel. 4 stars
10/22/04 Matt Thiel Not as good as Gattaca, but a good film in its own right 4 stars
6/08/03 R.W. Welch Decently plotted sci-fi conspiracy pic. Generates some suspense. 3 stars
5/18/02 Dark Barøn I was on the edge of my seat. Great performance from Sheen. 5 stars
4/26/02 Charles Tatum Dead on Arrival 3 stars
4/11/02 Suckit Bitch Definitely underrated. Gets better over time. Nicely ambiguous ending. No easy solutions 5 stars
12/27/01 Solstice One of the rare times a movie thrilled me to the end. 5 stars
11/08/01 Rolf Keller Great movie!!!!! 5 stars
8/09/01 Mr. Hat Charlie Sheen is awesome. 4 stars
3/04/01 Jake while it was flawed, it was way better than Independence Day. Chump. 3 stars
11/28/00 Cristopher Revilla uh, it was ok 3 stars
9/03/00 Natchez White good scifi flick, good vehicle for CS with special effects that add to the plot but don't 4 stars
9/22/99 Arda Ulas Unlu Strange and not cliche 4 stars
4/21/99 Ah Doeey Species was even worse than this! 2 stars
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  31-May-1996 (PG-13)

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  02-Feb-1997 (M)




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