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Johann Johannsson Q&A's with 'Den of Geek' about new Arrival score

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Arrival might be one of the most thought-provoking science fiction films released in the last few years. And given how many recent, smart films there have been in that genre, this is saying something. Indeed, the film deals with hefty concepts like linguistic relativity, as well as the challenges that might exist if we actually attempted to communicate with aliens on Earth-or know why they're here.

But just as crucial as the sounds of the enigmatic heptapods who've landed on our planet is the film's somber and hypnotic score. Composed by Jóhann Jóhannsson, the music is every bit as haunting and cerebral in its soundscape as the image of Amy Adams holding up her hand against a pane of alien glass. Then again, considering Jóhannsson has been nominated twice for Academy Awards, this isn't exactly a surprise. Indeed, all of his films with director Denis Villeneuve have an enthralling quality, which fits perfectly with Ted Chiang's short story, "The Story of Your Life," which is the basis for Arrival.

READ THE Den of Geek Q&A