Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star in Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-nominated sci-fi drama. Alien spaceships have landed at 12 locations worldwide. Recently bereaved linguistics expert Louise Banks (Adams) is recruited by the US military’s Colonel GT Weber (Forest Whitaker) to help their unit based in Montana, which is attempting to communicate with one of the ships. The aliens have organised regular visiting times for the humans, and Louise and other scientific experts, including idealistic physicist Ian Donnelly (Renner), are among those scheduled to board the craft. Their understandable fear of the unknown is accompanied by a growing sense of wonder: what will be seen and what will happen aboard in this strange new world? Louise will need all her considerable intellect to decipher what the aliens want from (or have to say to) us. But she must do so quickly, because humanity’s usual fear-driven aggressive instincts seem set to kick in soon.
Arrival – Saturday 12.05am on Channel 4