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Laramie Movie Scope:
The Arrival

The best science fiction movie of 1996

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
[Strip of film rule] July 29, 1996 -- "The Arrival" has finally arrived in Laramie. I've been waiting for this one, and waiting. But it's worth the wait.

Although it came out this summer in most theaters, it didn't arrive in Laramie until November 22. You guessed it, when the video was released. It's a shame. I wished I'd have seen this on the big screen instead of the tube.

"The Arrival" is a science fiction thriller about a scientist Zane Ziminski (Charlie Sheen) who intercepts a message by aliens and tries to go public with it, but there's a government conspiracy to cover it up.

It turns out the aliens have already landed and have taken over key government positions. They are already in the process of taking over the earth. Ziminski is in a deadly race to try to expose the plot before they can kill him.

The film is loaded with suspense and action. Sheen does a fine job as the hero, Teri Polo does a good job as Char, Ziminski's girlfriend and Ron Silver is effective as the slimy Phil Gordian. Director David N. Twohy (who also wrote the screenplay) does a fine job maintaining suspense throughout the film.

Although "Independence Day" was a good film. "The Arrival" is the best science fiction film of the year, so far. Too bad it didn't get the same play or the same advertising buildup. Life isn't fair. This film rates a B+.

Click here for links to places to buy this movie in video and/or DVD format, the soundtrack, books, even used videos, games and lots of other stuff. I suggest you shop at least two of these places before buying anything. Prices seem to vary continuously. For more information on this film, click on this link to The Internet Movie Database. Type in the name of the movie in the search box and press enter. You will be able to find background information on the film, the actors, and links to much more information.

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Copyright © 1996 Robert Roten. All rights reserved.
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