Linguistics professor Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic vessels enter Earth’s atmosphere and hover over 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and team race the clock to find a path to communicate with the extraterrestrials. Banks takes a chance on behalf of all humanity and her choice will either save mankind or plunge the world into war.
This movie isn’t bogged down in outpourings of unintelligible scientific theory through dialogue. The science is a given; the explanations inescapably plain language. No one is arguing that science isn’t the way or questioning scientific truths considering the alien arrival. In fact, if you’re not careful, you might miss how very rooted in scientific theory this movie is. The science is the foundation on which the work of the movie happens. Once conversation between Donnelly and a fellow mathematics expert casually reveals alien recognition of our mathematical concepts. This elite team works together facing what could be the crisis to end all crisis and science and language are the tools necessary to guide us through with any chance at survival. It’s a moment for hard science and social science fans to get a wee bit giddy; while keeping the movie accessible to everyone.