The Call to Faith — An Existential Approach to the Movie Arrival
. . . the idea of faith is more general in the sense that it covers any devotion to a higher being or spiritual power. It could be anything, from a religion-based god to alien overlords to the Force. The point is that you believe in something outside yourself that, in some way, shapes, influences, or even controls the nature of our world. Yet somehow, regardless of the faith, the path to getting there is always the same: you have to hear the call, and then you have to take conscious steps to overcome that adversity within and without to reach its source, taking you from a non-believer to a believer.
Well, no, I haven’t seen ARRIVAL yet, I tend to wait sometimes for what I think may be important films to be out long enough on DVD to bring the price down to buy for myself, but that’s my problem. The above, from “Communication and Faith in ARRIVAL” by Michael Moreci, on TOR.COM a day or two back, piqued my interest however (cf. below, for instance, November 3, August 26 ; September 17 2015): the question of faith, belief, in science fiction as well as, perhaps to be more expected, in fantasy and horror. The need for an author — or reader — to know a people’s traditions in order to build their world.
Or that’s how I see it. Moreci also brings up Joseph Campbell (the hero’s journey), and the movies STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE and CONTACT; while in my own writings I might note the upcoming TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH as well as, at least in part, THE TEARS OF ISIS. And in any event I may look into ARRIVAL myself sooner than I had expected. Moreci’s critique, on the other hand, may be read right now here.