“Arrival” is an artistic Sci-Fi movie, interestingly combined with two Sci-Fi elements, aliens and prophesy. Some people think that this movie is boring as there are not many exciting scenes like fighting. The appearance of the aliens looks like common octopuses. The shape of the spaceship looks like a common egg. The sound of the aliens is similar to the common cry of the monsters. The writing characters of the aliens are similar to the common Chinese monochromes. In a summary, none of them are out of our imagination.
However, in my view, these common things are prepared for a shock. The elements about aliens are so common even clam, while the prophesy appeared as an inverse. Remembering or recalling the future, what a cool imagination, prophesy serves as the key that helped the protagonist to save the world by herself.
Like “Alien”, the protagonist of the movie is a female role, Amy Adams. She is a linguist. There is another role, Jeremy Renner, a scientist. They two are the experts. While the other roles in the movies should be classified as common people. When aliens arrived at the Earth, the world fell into scare. Most people just thought aliens were evils and they were going to destroy the Earth. At the beginning they had told themselves that these aliens were evils. They were somehow unable to think independently. The media, the soldiers and the officers were affected by each other. We can not feel hope, feel friendship from them. We only see the desire to survive and the recreance in the heart of them.
On the other hand, while Adams and Renner felt uncomfortable about the aliens, they still regarded these aliens as living things. They tried to build the communication between aliens and human and they did the correct things. Obviously there were huge risks that aliens were evils, like the human to animal for a long time, like the colonists to the Maori. But what can we do to save ourselves if the aliens are much stronger than us human beings. We cannot change our foreordination. We have to accept the fate calmly.
The courage of the protagonist shined brightly in this movie. She volunteered to come to the site of spaceship. She took off the protective clothing first. When the aliens released the unclear signal like ‘use weapons’, she still struggled for the truth. Most importantly, she finally found that she had the ability to foresee the future. She realized that if she accepted the love of Renner her husband would leave her. Her daughter would had a serve disease and passed away. she chose to accept the future, not because of the belief that she can change her and her family’s fate, but because of the belief that it is the fate with laughs and tears.
“Despite knowing the journey and where it leads. I embrace it, and I welcome every moment of it.” It is not just the belief of Adams. It also should be our attitudes towards life. Life is not easy, with happiness and sadness. We keep moving, keep living, to enjoy the shining time and to taste the dark time. Shining time gives us hope. Dark time makes us grow.