Starring: Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver
Director: David N Twohy
Charlie Sheen, who has slipped into freefall since the heady days of “Platoon”, is Zane Ziminski, a radio telescope operator who searches the airwaves for alien contact from outer space. When he encounters a radio signal he is sure is of alien origin, he submits it to his boss, Gordian (Silver), who then fires him. When his equipment is confiscated and his partner is found dead in suspicious circumstances, he becomes fully aware that a cover-up of sorts is in operation.
Bad haircut, bad goatee, bad glasses, bad lines. That is Charlie Sheen for the most part of this science fiction thriller. However, suddenly the heat is on when the aliens become aware that their plan is under threat and Ziminski loses the specs and becomes a bit of a (unlikely) hero.
For all its problems, “The Arrival” manages to create a small amount of tension as you start to wonder just who is with Ziminski and who is against him. The special effects are impressive yet subtle but they are not enough to warrant this movie a must see.