Arrival Movie's "Dirty Sci-Fi": Remixing the Genre

Although Arrival has several classic sci-fi ingredients—aliens, advanced technology and global conflict—it’s not your average sci-fi movie. In this video essay, ScreenPrism discusses some of the ways the film departs from traditional sci-fi conventions, including adopting a style director Denis Villeneuve describes as “Dirty Sci-Fi.”


A.I. & Alien Invasion


Denis Villeneuve


Arrival