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Look Past The Language Barrier In This New Promo For “Arrival”

Like Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner do in the film, these people learn to communicate without a common language.

Look Past The Language Barrier In This New Promo For “Arrival”

WHAT: A new promo for Paramount’s Arrival, which lands in theaters on November 11.

WHO: The film stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, while the promo involves a number of people who all speak different languages.

WHY WE CARE: Arrival fits into the unique genre of “prestige fall science fiction”–the same category as, say, Interstellar or Gravity. Those films tend to be more challenging than, say, Independence Day: Resurgence, so explaining to audiences what they’re about and what themes they get into requires a different approach. For Arrival, which deals with an attempt to learn how to communicate with alien ships that appear in a handful of locations around the world, that theme gets explored expertly in this brief spot, released today via Twitter: people from different parts of the world, with no common language, learn how to communicate the important things about themselves–that they’re pregnant, or that they recently lost a parent–and form a connection based around that shared experience. It’s the idea at the heart of Arrival‘s concept, and shows the human concerns in a movie about aliens–no mean feat, but an effective way to get that across.

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Dan Solomon lives in Austin with his wife and his dog. He's written about music for MTV and Spin, sports for Sports Illustrated, and pop culture for Vulture and the AV Club.



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