As far as sci-fi movies go, alien invasion isn’t a particularly new idea.
To name just a few, we’ve so far had War of the Worlds, Independence Day, Independence Day: Resurgence, Battle Los Angeles, District Nine and Attack the Block.
There’s also Monsters, Signs, Men in Black, Pacific Rim, The World’s End and The Watch.
It’s a formula that works and so studios keep running with it, and to be honest, we’re glad that they do. It’s exciting, seeing aliens invading the Earth and humans fighting to protect their home turf, and whether or not it’s completely “new” or “fresh”, it tends to make for great cinema.
Arrival – an upcoming alien invasion film from Prisoners and Sicario director Dennis Villeneuve – looks like it’s going to be just a little bit different. Yes, exciting, and yes, great cinema, but we’ve got a feeling that this sci-fi might go where none has ever been before…
Unlike its predecessors, Arrival doesn’t (at least by the looks of the trailer) see humans go into war mode as soon as the UFOs appear on the horizon. Instead, it charts the efforts of a linguist (Amy Adams) as she tries to learn to communicate with these aliens, and reach a peaceful resolution.
Of course, there’s going to be some conflict (and if Villeneuve’s former work is anything to go by, it will be tense and scary), but we’re prepared to bet that Arrival is going to be one of the better alien invasion films we’ve seen in a while…
Check out the trailer here:
Looks pretty good!
Arrival hits UK screens on the 11th November.