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Old 11-12-2016, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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...If you actually learn to think in another language,
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Or dream.
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:45 AM
 
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An interesting question that comes up after one has seen the movie: When in the life of the primary character does the narration actually begin? A more significant question: Does it matter?
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Old 11-12-2016, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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An interesting question that comes up after one has seen the movie: When in the life of the primary character does the narration actually begin? A more significant question: Does it matter?
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In this case, reading the book is required to see how it was changed by the movie. A better understanding as to your first question is apparent in the opening pages. Her memories of her daughter's life ties in with the heptapod's notion of time and how they approach every minute of their lives toward a known end. Very thought provoking. The movie deviates from that and makes it into a person with precognitive abilities who knows what's going to happen, which is a path the book never takes. And all of the film's political intrigue was added for fluff I guess.
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Old 11-12-2016, 03:17 PM
 
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Story of Your Life starts at around 39:03.

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Old 11-13-2016, 05:57 PM
 
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There seems to be question of why they used a bird in a cage.

It's the "canary in the coal mine." Canaries were used as "sentinels" to detect noxious atmosphere because their high metabolic rates cause them to succumb much more quickly than a human would.

Although electronic sensors may be quicker, they'd only be able to detect specific dangers they were designed to detect. The canary is more of a "universal threat detector" that would hopefully succumb to alien threats humans could not have imagined.
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Old 11-13-2016, 06:51 PM
 
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Also: Tralfamadorians.
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Old 11-14-2016, 09:31 AM
 
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Just saw it this weekend and it was a good movie. Yes, a bit slow in parts but that was to be expected.
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Old 11-14-2016, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I was impressed by this. Now I want to see it again to pick up things I no doubt missed during the first viewing.

So far, everyone I've talked to who's seen this film has liked it. I'm hoping that means it will do better at the box office than most 'cerebral' science fiction movies do.
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Old 11-14-2016, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Story of Your Life starts at around 39:03.

Thanks for linking to this!
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Old 11-14-2016, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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I saw it too. If you go in expecting Independence Day or Aliens, you will be disappointed or fall asleep.


Instead you will be awarded with a very atmospheric, suspenseful and thought provoking movie that is very good at being a slow burn mystery drama without having to beat you over the head with special effects and explosions.


Lots of close ups of Amy Adams, which is good.
Lots of rapid fire line delivery from Forest Whitaker, whom I think is a great actor, but I just can't understand that dude sometimes which is bad because he is an important character.


The ending will leave you feeling a little empty but still a good ride.
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