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Rated: M (Australia) 
Directed: J Blakeson
Written by: Rick Yancey (novel), Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner (screenplay)
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz (Cassie), Zackary Arthur (Sam) , Nick Robinson (Ben Parish/Zombie), Alex Roe (Evan Walker)
Running Time: 1h 52 mins
Genre: Sci-fi, action, adventure

I give this movie 2/5 stars.

There will be mild spoilers in this review. I was a little disappointed I wasn’t able to see this in the cinemas since I’m a sucker for these kind of end of the world stories. Be it aliens, zombies or killer viruses it doesn’t matter to me. There is nothing like a good old fashion struggle against all odds tale that post-apocalyptic adventures bring us.

The movie opens with Cassie Sullivan (played by Chloe Moretz) coming out of the woods and heading for an abandoned service station. It sets up the story well with cars abandon, doors open, items all over the road and camera angles looking through shattered glass. Cassie scavenges what little remains in the store before she hears a plea for help…and so the story beings.

This first encounter sets up the theme for the movie which I think is best described by one of Cassie’s lines later in the film. ‘It’s our hope that makes us human.’ In many of these post-apocalyptic genre films and tv shows the characters struggle with the possible loss of their humanity. This film is no different. The question is asked ‘Do you stop being human when you lose your humanity?’

Cassie is a normal highschool girl when the ‘Galactic Party Crashers’ came to Earth. She was on the soccer team, popular and crushing on the hot guy. But then the 1st wave hits, then the second and then the third wave. Having not read the books I would assume there was a better explanation on how the invaders delivered these waves but in the film it wasn’t clear. How did they make the Earthquake? How did they deliver the virus?

This paragraph has a little spoiler. There were a few things I felt not ‘right’ regarding human behaviour early in the movie. Between waves people went to school, work etc. I doubt many people would want to be separated from their loved ones throughout a disaster unless they had important jobs such as emergency services etc. When Cassie is in the refugee camp and the crowd hears a rumbling noise and sees dust rising near the entrance to the camp no-one is running away in terror especially after they’d survived the first three waves. Everyone was just standing around, even running towards the noise to see what was coming with what seemed like mild curiosity. I also felt the parents all made a decision, very calmly, that I know as a parent, I would never have made. I would have been kicking and screaming.

Cassie is on a mission to find her brother, she meets up with Evan Walker who offers to help her. Before she meets Evan she is smart, determined and tough. But then Evan takes control and she lets him. Pretty disappointed as yet another film portrays the girl needing to be protected and saved and in love.

The young cast were all quite talented but some characters were pretty cliché and typical for the young adult genre nowadays such as the tough girl with a poor attitude, the nerd etc.

I did love the music for this film but no real surprise there since the composer was Henry Jackson. The prologue was haunting and gripping, bringing tension without distracting from the scene. Throughout the movie the music was touching, engaging and enjoyable. I’ve since listened to the soundtrack and my favourite arrangement would have to be One Degree of Separation.

Overall it was an entertaining movie and I would recommend you give it a go. It won’t win awards but it will have its fans. Remember to come back and leave a comment after you watch it. Enjoy.

 


Comments

29/07/2016 16:00

I agree with your rating for The 5th Wave. It wasn't the best movie out there but it was still entertaining. Also, the young cast did do a good job. But the story just didn't really cut it for me. It was too plain for my taste. I don't know if I'd give the sequel (if there's going to be one) a chance. But yeah, I was still entertained in some way.

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27/09/2016 16:49

Yes me too, a agree with this review. I am able to watch this movie with my sister and we really enjoyed it. However the story is not as complex as the other but at least we a re able to enjoy it. The ending for me is justified and I love the leading lady and all the supporting actors and actresses. Keep it up. Thanks for this wonderful and helpful review.

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22/11/2016 14:30

Thank you for this movie review. I am not able to watch this before but after reading your review regarding on this, I think I will definitely watch this one. I think Chloe did a really good job on this movie because for me she is really a good actress. I am really looking forward to see this movie since i am also into this kind of genre. Thank you again for sharing this!

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31/01/2017 11:41

For me, I don't really like the movie. I was really disappointed about the movie. I thought the 5th wave that the aliens will get out of the ship this time, because there's not many people on the earth so they have an advantage. But turns out other people that possess by the aliens are their enemy. I'm a big fan of Chloe Moretz, But i don't really like the movie.

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05/04/2017 20:23

Honestly, I'm really attached physically and emotionally to the original book series. In fact, it's one of my preferred series of all time. So, seeing the movie kinda disappoints me in some ways. It's just some of the important parts in the book didn't make it to the movie adaptation which really annoyed me. I'm not really satisfied with the whole movie itself. Though, I love the cinematography and the animation effects of it.

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12/08/2016 14:18

End of the world movies always disappoint me. Only some movies bring realistic problems. But I must say that the stars in this movie did a great job. The story of this movie was cliche and you know what would happen next. End of the world movies now always have an epidemic or a virus that would make everyone be a zombie. I wish they would create a different end of the world movie soon.

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I was a little disappointed with the movie. The book was much better. The movie makers had good source material and it's just too bad that they weren't able to convey it to the audience properly. I know that there would always be some elements from the book that would be lost in the movie but it was really just disappointing. The movie just lacked some emotions for me. I hope that the sequel (if ever they decide turn it into a movie), would be much better.

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29/11/2016 15:27

I "saw" the movie while I was riding the provincial bus home. They had this movie up in their TV screen and I wasn't honestly interested nor invested in the whole film because I was too busy listening to Welcome to Night Vale and reading a book. It looked boring to me and I never had fun with it.

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