Based on the 1998 short story entitled Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang, when 12 identical alien vessels appear in the skies at various places across the globe, Linguistics Professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is enlisted – along with Physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) – to help decipher their inhabitants’ language before widespread panic and paranoia starts to dictate actions.
Based on the autobiography Highest Duty, the film follows Chesley Sullenberger’s 2009 emergency landing on the Hudson river, and the subsequent media attention and government investigation in the aftermath.
Set in 1942, after being parachuted into the French-Moroccan desert, the film follows Canadian muscle Max Vatan (Pitt) who, along with French agent Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) must convincingly play husband and wife to fulfil their mission of assassinating the German ambassador. It soon becomes apparent that, while a true romance blossoms, there is something much deeper and more dangerous at play.
I think it’s fair to say that this blog has been almost ten years in the making...