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Calling this 1996 science fiction thriller "a glorified B movie," isn't a criticism. Writer-director David Twohy managed to get interesting material on the screen despite a limited budget, and the film is just believable enough to be satisfying as a tale of paranoid conspiracy. If you can ignore the hokey parts and accept Charlie Sheen as noted radio astronomer Zane Ziminski, you'll get thoroughly involved when the reception of an alien radio signal leads him to Mexico and to a huge underground power plant operated by aliens bent on the eventual takeover of Earth. Ron Silver is suitably chilling as the astronomer's boss, whose real identity is more horrifying than Ziminski ever imagined. The underground alien lair is memorably creepy, and Twohy's film is just smart enough to qualify as more than a guilty pleasure. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I have heard a lot of speculation regarding the causes of global warming. Burning fossil fuels, spraying aerosol cans, and the destruction of the rain forests have all been... Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Lawrance Bernabo
Writer/director David Twohy accomplished the near-impossible in the summer of 1996; he delivered a fun, fast-paced AND intelligent sci-fi thriller with The Arrival, an intriguing,... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2002 by Eric
I've been reading a bunch of lists of the best 10 sci-fi movies of all time and not one poll mentioned this movie. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2002
...these two movies are distinctly different, and only Arrival I is PG13. Arrival II, however, is rated R and contains an unecessary and EXPLICIT SEX scene with full frontal... Read morePublished on June 3 2002
"The Arrival" was underrated when it was first released, and, as with all good, underrated movies, it has since become a cult favorite. Read morePublished on March 2 2002 by lawyeraau
After reading the other reviews, I almost did not buy this DVD.
But I am glad I did, in spite of all the criticism, I think ARRIVAL 2 is a GOOD picture, perhaps even better... Read more
Real Sci-Fi movies. Nice audio/video effects in both films (great sound at the end of the second film). Films are 4 stars, [inexpensive] edition - 5 stars. "Buy it" deal.Published on July 30 2001 by Vitalijs Kuzmins
This movie was underrated when it was first released, and, as with all good, underrated movies, it has since become a cult favorite. Read morePublished on July 8 2001 by lawyeraau