The movie opens with linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) remembering her daughter Hannah, from her birth to sad death as a teenager. After that, she's teaching a class when it's interrupted by world-shaking news: aliens have landed on Earth, with 1500' oval ships landing at 12 locations on Earth. And Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) recruits Dr. Banks to communicate with the aliens.
Overall grade: B
Reviewed by James Lynch