Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) has a “very particular set of skills” in the new sci-fi drama Arrival. Banks is recruited to travel to the desert site where a massive, egg-shaped spaceship has landed — one of 12 around the globe — where she’ll use her renowned abilities as a linguist to try to communicate. The government needs to know what these extraterrestrials want, and Banks has been charged with starting the conversation.
In an exclusive clip from the film (watch above), Banks makes her first attempt at getting the dialogue started. It’s human relations with Heptapods, as they become known, which makes it all the more fitting that Banks holds a sign up that simply reads, “HUMAN.” The two E.T.s on the ship, gliding around a glass enclosure like they’re inhabiting some kind of intergalactic aquarium, respond back with their own form of written communication. Facebook and Google aren’t going to be able to help translate this time though, which means it’s up to Miss Banks to save us.
Based on the short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, Arrival was written by Eric Heisserer (Lights Out) and directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario). The film costars Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, and at least two crazy-looking aliens. It opens Nov. 11.