Arrival movie quotes bring the dialogue to the science fiction film about a linguist tasked with communicating with aliens. The mystery drama was adapted into a screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on the short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang. Denis Villeneuve directed Arrival, which opened in IMAX on November 11, 2016. You can find more stories like it on our list of shows and movies like Arrival.
In Arrival, after 12 alien ships, named Shells, land on earth, the US Military enlists the help of renowned linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) to help them communicate with the aliens within. Working with Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker), Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) and Agent Halpern (Michael Stuhlbarg), Dr. Banks meets with the aliens in an attempt to learn what they want. But as Dr. Banks soon learns, they won't be able to communicate verbally, only through written language.
As Dr. Banks works tirelessly to translate the aliens' written language, other countries do as well and learn that one message states "offer weapon." Many see this as a threat and make plans to blow up the shells before they harm humans. But Dr. Banks feels that something may be lost in translation and works against the clock to clarify intentions with the aliens before a global war breaks out.
Dr. Louise Banks: There are days that define your story beyond your life, like the day they arrived.
Dr. Banks looks upon all the days in her life and calls out the day the aliens arrived as one that which defined her story. If not for her, who knows how the arrival would have impacted earth and mankind.
Dr. Louise Banks: We need to make sure that they understand the difference between a weapon and a tool. Language is messy and sometimes one can be both.
When an alien message says, "offer weapon," everyone begins to freak out and take the message as a threat. But as Dr. Banks points out in this Arrival movie quote, the aliens might actually mean tool, and she needs to clarify that before anyone acts.
Ian Donnelly: Are you dreaming in their language?
Ian wonders just how much Dr. Banks has immersed herself in the alien language. He asks if she's dreaming in their language and while he's not exactly right, she is having visions of things only the aliens could see.
Dr. Louise Banks: What happens now?
Colonel Weber: They arrive.
Dr. Louise Banks: They need to see me.
Agent Halpern: Dr. Banks, are you insane?
Dr. Louise Banks: Now that's a proper introduction.
When Dr. Banks meets with the aliens for the first time, she quickly drops her protective suit, much to the displeasure of the others. She knows that to make a proper introduction, she needs to let them see her.