Saturday, August 25, 2012

THE ARRIVAL OF WANG (2011) review

Arrival of Wang, The (2011) (1st viewing) d. Manetti, Antonio/Manetti, Marco (Italy)

A young interpreter is brought to a top secret underground bunker to interview a political prisoner…only said prisoner turns out to be even more alien than she initially imagined. A really intriguing concept, but one that runs out of new ideas about halfway through, feverishly treading some pretty redundant and/or ridiculous water until it gets back on track for the final reveal. Would have benefitted from a smarter second act, but the two central performances by Ennio Fantastichini and Francesca Cuttica are very well realized and the end is a wingding. With a firm grip on the fast forward button, life should work out fine.

EDIT: Looks like folks in the UK will be seeing a DVD release soon, so hopefully it won't be much longer for us over here on the other side of the pond. Thanks to Chris Churchill for the update!


  1. Looking forward to seeing this!

  2. The Arrival of wang is out on dvd in the UK soon. I made a post on my site here, feel free to link to my post!

    1. Appreciate the info, Chris! I'm a little bummed that they blow the identity of Wang in the trailer and the new poster, but whatcha gonna do?