The 5th Wave (2016)
Critic Consensus: With unimpressive effects and plot points seemingly pieced together from previous dystopian YA sci-fi films, The 5th Wave ends up feeling like more of a limp, derivative wriggle.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for violence and destruction, some sci-fi thematic elements, language and brief teen partying)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||J Blakeson|
|Written By:||Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner|
|In Theaters:||Jan 22, 2016 Wide|
|On DVD:||May 3, 2016|
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Critic Reviews for The 5th Wave
"What's the point of any of this?" asks Cassie. I kept hoping, but no such luck. It's a question that is never answered.
There's no way around the clunky exposition and rampant clichés that make up the majority of The 5th Wave.
Evoking ... almost every YA sci-fi offering, The 5th Wave will surprise nobody, introducing a procession of stock-character types into well-worn narrative arcs.
In a movie like this, I'd expect a grand display of visual effects that sadly fall short, given that whenever they're used (which is sparingly) they feel cheap and poorly made. [Full Review in Spanish]
Too often, characters feel the need to tell us exactly what they're doing and why. And then they take an awfully long time to get there.
Audience Reviews for The 5th Wave
In the film, "The 5th Wave" refers to the fifth stage of attacks made on humans by alien invaders. It may also refer to the successive waves of nausea induced by this insipid bit of big budget YA drama-teen claptrap. For those who delight in sci-fi alien destruction movies -- despair. "The 5th Wave" joins the ignominious ranks of alien films that never actually depict the aliens on screen. (The ship shows up for 15 seconds in the sky, but no one ever seems to disembark.) It also may sire an entirely new genre of disaster films that do not actually depict any disaster.
Although "The 5th Wave" is marginally entertaining, one cannot resolve the nagging question posed by such an unfulfilling film: "What was the point of that?"
In the spirit of young adults-in-danger classics like The Hunger Games and Twilight and Divergent comes this shocking aliens-taking-over-the-world scenario that threatens to shake up the status quo of all that went before ... Not.
Ender's Game meets Twilight in the teen sci-fi thriller The 5th Wave. The story follows a high school girl named Cassie who goes searching for her younger brother after they get separated and he's conscripted into the military as part of a special unit designed to fend off the 5th Wave of an invading alien force. Chloe Grace Moretz leads the cast and gives a decent performance, but the script is pretty weak and doesn't really give the actors much to work with. And the whole child solider plot is rather contrived and doesn't make a lot of sense. Still, the first half of the film is fairly solid and does a good job at depicting the initial alien attacks and at building suspense and intrigue. While it has some exciting action scenes and is entertaining, The 5th Wave is a derivative sci-fi thriller that doesn't have a clear vision.
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