The 5th Wave (2016)
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Zackary Arthur, Liev Schreiber, Alex Roe, Maika Monroe
Directed by: J Blakeson
Written by: Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 1 hr. 52 min
Hopefully we can call 2016 the year when dystopian YA inspired cinema died (or at least slipped into a nice long coma). Along with this year’s truly awful Divergent installment, The 5th Wave is a classic example of band wagon jumping, long after the available box office gold for this brand of drivel ran out. The Hunger Games gobbled up most of the interest for this source of entertainment, and the first Maze Runner and Divergent movie fought over the scraps.
The 5th Wave doesn’t make any sense and it doesn’t take long before you’re screaming at the screen questioning each character’s motives. The aliens at the center of this invasion movie seem to be in no real hurry to actually invade, and there’s no clearly established timeline for anything that happens in the movie. The first four waves could have taken a year, two years, or a few weeks, it’s never really spelled out.
Everything about this awful film feels assembled by committee rather than a real attempt to tell a story, and at every turn you’ll have this strange feeling you’ve seen all this before. None of the film’s themes and characters are given any proper development, and by the time the 5th Wave is revealed, you might be rooting for humanity’s end!
This might be interesting if you enjoyed the book. Expect sloppy plotting, annoying narration and cheap looking visual effects.
This film reportedly cost 38 million dollars to make, and it shows! This production would feel more at home on the Syfy channel.