The 5th Wave
Release year: 2016
Director: J Blakeson
Screenwriter: Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Rick Yancey (novel)
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Zackary Arthur, Ron Livingston, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe, Maria Bello
After four waves of dealy alien attacks, life on Earth are left in ruins with few people left to fight of the fifth wave. Young Cassie (Chloë Graze Moretz) is on the run, alone and desperate, trying to survive while looking for her lost younger brother (Zackary Arthur).
Another adaptation of a Young Adult Dystopian novel with a teenage hero/heroine, but unlike the highly popular Katniss Everdeen stories, The 5th Wave fails to engage in the same way. Despite good efforts from the always great Moretz (Kick-Ass, 2010) it is hard to feel connected with the character, though she manages to make her a suitable mixture of strong and fragile. Furthermore, the alien attack is unconvincing, especially compared to the many excellent cinematic examples over the years. A nice touch is the way the story puts the alien invasion in the background and the focus squarely on the characters, with Cassie being the connection between all the main characters. There are some good plot twists and some unexpected surprises among the occasional let-downs. As the source novel is the first in a trilogy, the movie can be excused with spending time introducing us to the set-up and characters and one can hope the story gets to develop with two more movies, where the great cast can get a chance to shine more than they did here.
The song Cassie sings for Sam is Coldplay’s Don’t Panic.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures
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