The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave

(2016)

Protect your own.

Chloë Grace Moretz leads this young adult sci-fi as a survivor of an alien invasion that has claimed most of the human race, wiping them out in four strategically different waves of attacks. As the fifth wave looms to secure the victory, Cassie (Moretz) races against the clock to save her younger brother. From the director of The Disappearance of Alice Creed, based on the bestseller by Rick Yancey. Co-stars Maika Monroe (It Follows) and Liev Schreiber (Defiance).

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If you were to count the number of book-to-screen young adult stories that dabble in doom-n-gloom-n-love-n-hope, then The 5th Wave is more like the 20th from the past decade. With The Hunger Games completed and both Maze Runner and Divergent midway through their sagas, this alien invasion tale needs to do a lot to stand out. Unfortunately, the only outstanding thing the film’s got is Chloë Moretz.... More

She delivers everything she’s got as Cassie Sullivan, a teen who survives an alien onslaught that wipes out most of the planet including her friends and family. Moretz sells the devastation, as do the scenes with the electrical outages (Wave One), natural disasters (Two), fatal diseases (Three), and body-snatching invaders (Four). That’s a lot to convey in the first act, and the pace pumps a lot of good energy into this set-up.

But that charge goes nowhere when the film haphazardly introduces a child-army side-plot, following a character nicknamed Zombie whom we hardly get to know (aside from being Cassie’s sort-of crush). At the same time, Cassie gets cosy with Evan Walker played by a charisma-less sponge with dreamy eyes and a six pack who gets his romance advice from the Edward Cullen School of Stalking Your True Love.

If your eyes aren’t on auto-roll at this point, perhaps they’ll be too keenly focused on what the actual fifth wave ends up being. Following on from four simple and effective waves of killing, the fifth plan seems weirdly complicated and unproductive for supposedly higher lifeforms to even consider on a practical level.Hide


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BY KimLewis lister

A fairly generic attempt at a YA movie. Enjoyable as long as you don't take it too seriously


BY RealityCheck superstar

5th Wave
Like 'Independence Day', 'War of the Worlds', ‘Tomorrow, When the War Began', ‘Cloverfield', and 'Our Darkest Hour' - very average, felt like all the plot had been done before, but hey Wolverine’s brother was in it & the chick from Kick Ass. Plot holes & things not explained just let it way to open for a children’s ‘Goosebumps’ sort of movie…
Genre : action, adventure, coming of age, teenagers are are future
2/5 : sorry but soon felt like I’d seen this before & really... More didn’t encourage me to want to see the next movie in the series, let a lone another alien film!Hide


BY thorinoak superstar

Think Hunger Games with all the originality, humor, and reasonable plot sucked out of it and thrown in some aliens (that you never really see) and you have the 5th Wave. Don't waste your time.


BY ems superstar

Well it got predicable 10 minutes in. Don't waste your money.


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18% of critics recommend.
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  • Blakeson, who worked low-budget wonders on The Disappearance of Alice Creed, handles the shifts and twists of the plot efficiently enough, but the result remains lumpen and crucially lacking in surprise. Full Review

  • It's depressing to see Ms. Moretz - so spirited in "Clouds of Sils Maria" and the "Kick-Ass" movies - reduced to constant mooning at Mr. Roe. Full Review

  • Everything that comes after the confident, dangerous first half-hour just makes you pine for what could have been as this devolves into ten-a-penny teen-lit sludge. Full Review

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