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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.

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.

Arrival movie quotes give a peek into the film just as other list quotes do for their respective movies such as Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Hacksaw Ridge, Loving and Trolls.

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Days That Define Your Story

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.

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Language is Messy

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.

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Dreaming in Their Language

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.

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What Do They Want? Where Are They From?

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Colonel Weber: I'm Colonel GT Weber from Army Intelligence. Pack your bags.
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Colonel Weber: You're at the top of everyone's lists when it comes to translations. Priority one: What do they want? Where are they from? You'll be reporting to me but you'll be working with him when you're in the shell.
Ian Donnelly: That's what they're calling the UFO.
Colonel Weber: Every 18 hours, a door opens up. That's when we go in. 

Colonel Weber summons Dr. Banks in these Arrival movie quotes. Dr. Banks is a renowned linguist and she's about to face her toughest challenge yet, communicating with aliens.

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