What's the Difference between Story of Your LIfe the Book and Arrival the Movie?

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Story of Your LIfe

Released: 1998
Author: Ten Chiang


Released: 2016
Director: Denis Villeneuve
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In the Book In the Movie
Dr. Louise Banks
Dr. Louise Banks
Portrayed by: Amy Adams
Colonel Weber
Colonel Weber
Portrayed by: Forest Whitaker
Dr. Gary Donnelly
Ian Connelly
Portrayed by: Jeremy Renner
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General Shang
Portrayed by: Tzi Ma
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Captain marks
Portrayed by: Mark O'Brien
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Arrival Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   The exchange of information regarding physics was eased when Fermat's Principle was communicated back and forth between the humans and the aliens. Nothing about Fermat's Principle.
   This does not happen. The message (info about a weapon) from the hetpapods is interpreted differently by other countries which causes them to cut off communication between the teams.
   By learning to how to communicate in the heptapod's language, Louise is able to see her future. Costello tells Louise that her knowledge of their language enables her to see her future, her visions are of her future, not flashbacks.
   No violent action is ever planned by anyone towards the aliens. Some of the soldiers that support the scientist's work in the shell are driven by fear and provoked by various news reports and commentary to take violent action against the aliens by planting a bomb in the shell. The bomb explodes, but Louise and Ian are pushed out by Abbott before they can be seriously injured.
   The heptapods written and spoken languages are different. They are the same language.
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