Films about alien invasions, abductions and visits are usually a dime a dozen. The popularity of science fiction and the money making potential that results from that very popularity means that we are often bombarded with films and shows from what could be called the extraterrestrial genre. This even led to The X-Files rebooting for a few episodes 14 years after it stopped airing, and as much as it was enjoyable to see Fox Mulder behave as if Hank Moody was an FBI agent, the whole effort felt gratuitous save for the excellent third episode.
Arrival, the latest film from French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve is different. While the premise sounds familiar - mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe an elite team, lead by an expert linguist is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers - Arrival promises to provide a very different kind of experience. We are genuinely excited about it, scroll down to find out why.