Skyjack Scissor Lift Appears in Movie "Arrival" | Construction News

Linamar Corporation's (TSX-LNR) Skyjack division is helping an elite team investigate the mysterious spacecraft touching down across the world in the upcoming award-winning film Arrival.

In the science fiction film about humans' first communication with aliens, a Skyjack rough-terrain scissor lift is seen elevating a team of investigators that includes characters portrayed by Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker smoothly up to an spacecraft entrance.

“We really appreciate the opportunity to help bridge the human-alien communication gap with Skyjack's rough-terrain scissor lift,” said Malcolm Early, vice president of marketing, Skyjack. “The movie producers were specific on the brand they wanted and we were honored to be part of an award-winning film.”

The SJ7135 RT takes center stage during the first minute of the trailer, where it safely lifts a team including Adams as linguist Louise Bank, Renner as mathematician Ian Donnelly, and Whitaker as U.S. Army Colonel Weber. The team's goal is to decipher and communicate with the aliens to ask the key question: “What is your purpose on this planet?”

Skyjack provided a SJ7135 RT for use in the movie and an additional platform for the scenes in green room. Like all Skyjack's rough terrain scissors, the SJ7135 RT was designed with simple reliability in mind so it's easy to service and maintain – vital in the film industry where even a second of downtime could cost hundreds of dollars in production costs.

“Even the aliens wouldn't have needed scientists or linguists to decipher how to use or maintain our lifts because Skyjack lifts are simply reliable in any language,” Early said.

Rave reviews

Adapted from Ted Chiang's science fiction piece Story of Your life, the movie is already expecting millions of viewers before its North American premiere on November 11.

In September, Arrival won the Future Film Festival Digital Award at Venice Film Festival. With a strong cast and appealing topic, interest in the film is only growing.

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 100% with critics saying “Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person's sci-fi that anchors its heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams.”

“We are excited for 2017 and beyond,” Early said. “We like seeing our equipment used to simply and reliably elevate people and materials to height – but when it's got a side of fun, that's all the better.”