The 5th Wave (2016) – A Review

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The 5th Wave (2016) – A Review


The movie has been released on 22nd January 2016 and is a science fiction thriller. The 5th Wave is based on Rick Yancey’s novel with a same name. It has been written by Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. Development of this movie began March 2012 under the direction of J Blakeson and filming took place in Atlanta, Georgia. GK Films and Material Picture have the production rights while the film is distributed by Columbia Pictures while the music of this film is done by Henry Jackman.




In the plot Cassie gets detached from her little brother. Her brother is taken by the Army for the purpose of care and protection. Her father and various survivors in Ohio are executed in a slaying by the army. Cassie scrounges her way through to the base to meet Sam, her little bother. Cassie is saved from Evan Walker, an enemy sharpshooter and she finds affections for him but later discovers that he is an “Other” or an alien in human form. She also discovers that Colonel Vosch and the Army are truly the “Others” and the 5th wave they have orchestrated is to use adolescents to forgo the misleading so as to annihilate the rest of the survivor left in the world. So she learns it the hard way not to trust anyone and forsakes him.


The sole purpose that keeps Cassie going is the belief that she can save her Sam from the training camp set up by the Army of Others. During this Ben Parish, who is her love before this whole wave issue and her little brother are in the same squad training under the Army of Others. Moreover, he also comes to know about the plans of the Others. Evan who follows Cassie and assists her and Ben to save Sam and destroy the training site. The Others clear out the facility to send the adolescents as quickly as possible to various urban areas as well. In the end, Ben with his squad is seen happily enjoying their dinner with Cassie mulls over hope as mankind’s center piece in survival.


Reviews From Critics


Overall the movie has been reviewed negatively and the only positive thing that is considered by many is the cast. Chloe Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson both have been praised for their performances in the movie. Variety’s Eddie Cockrell states positively about the movie saying “Taken on its own, The 5th Wave is an effectively decent post-apocalyptic, young-adult, world-in-the-balance survival thriller.” Olly Richards of Empire in his review praises the beginning of the film and disgraces the fact how it suddenly falls all over the place saying “Everything that comes after the confident, dangerous first half-hour just makes you pine for what could have been as this devolves into ten-a-penny teen-lit sludge.”


On the more harsh side in his review Peter Travers of Rolling Stone states “Instead, The 5th Wave is another dystopian washout.” and Stephanie Zacharek of Time says“But The 5th Wave can barely distinguish itself from other recent teen-dystopia dramas.” The movie is heavily praised for its opening scenes and how it builds up the storyline especially the scenes where Cassie’s father is executed by the Army of Others but from there on in the twist in the tail comes when she falls in love with the alien humanoid Evan.  Bilge Ebiri of Vulture says “For all the goodwill generated by its early scenes, by the time The 5th Wave lumbers to its conclusion, you realize you’re not watching a movie but an act of crisis management.” Clearly the movie started somewhere else and ended in no man’s land. The beginning marks the grandness of the survival situation for the human race, the whole human race mind you, and then out of no where the love triangle thing starts and the whole apocalyptic emphasis is gone all together. Andy Webster of New York Times has very effectively pictured the whole image of the movie with pin point precision saying “Adapted from Rick Yancey’s young-adult novel, the glossy if muddled The 5th Wave blends the alien-overlord airships of “Independence Day” with the natural-disaster effects of “The Day After Tomorrow.”



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