Thursday, January 21, 2016

The 5th Wave
Releases January 22nd, 2016
1 hr 52 mins
Rated PG-13
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


Director: J Blakeson
Screenplay writers: Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner (based on novel by Rick Yancey)

Chloë Grace Moretz as Cassie Sullivan
Nick Robinson as Ben Parish/Zombie
Ron Livingston as Oliver Sullivan
Maggie Siff as Lisa Sullivan
Alex Roe as Evan Walker
Maria Bello as Sergeant Reznik
Maika Monroe as Ringer
Liev Schreiber as Colonel Vosch
Zackary Arthur as Sammy Sullivan
Tony Revolori as Dumbo
Talitha Bateman as Teacup

Review by Stephen M.

The 5th Wave which is based on the novel by Ricky Yancey is what Twilight would be if you replaced the vampires with aliens.  Chloë Grace Moretz plays the lead Cassie who is out to save her younger brother in this deceptively packaged teenage angst and development story.  Through the first five minutes, the audience is treated with a solid build up of suspense as the first few waves hit.  But from there the story becomes absurd and predictable and continues so unfortunately throughout the remainder of the film.

While I enjoyed the overall premise of the film and the initial set up, there is little else to enjoy about the film.  With subpar acting from most of the main cast including Chloë Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber, it doesn't help with the script that they have been given to work with.  For an alien invasion film aside from the first ten minutes we really don't get a whole lot of action with special effects or futuristic technology.  Instead we get the beginnings of a love triangle that will apparently carry on through a trilogy.

The movie is obviously not targeted toward my age group though from the posters and trailers, I was expecting more Independence Day or The Day After Tomorrow than Twilight.  Overall, I would recommend the film for teenagers into movies like Hunger Games and Divergent though The 5th Wave at least in its initial outing fails to reach the level of excitement and entertainment that Hunger Games delivered.  Fans of Chloë Grace Moretz will also enjoy the film though in my opinion, she fails to perform on the higher level that I am use to in the Kick Ass franchise and If I Stay.  For adults, the movie is IQ challenging with an uneven pace that makes the film daunting to enjoy.  Rather wait for this film on Netflix with low expectations and you might enjoy come away with a smile if not a chuckle.


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