The 5th Wave (2016)


The 5th Wave (2016)


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.


Box Office Performance

The movie had a budget of $38 Million and grossed just above $20 Million in North America and slightly over $45 Million in countries around the world, totaling $65.3 Million. It was projected to gross somewhere between $10 to $14 Million from the theaters in the opening weekend but it only did $3.5 Million on its first day and under $500,000 from the screenings on Thursday night. The numbers are not showing good signs as the film has failed to meet the projected numbers and expectations from a good star cast.



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.


Critical Response

Negative reviews

The movie has be negatively reviewed by the critics. The audiences has given a grade of B- on a scale from A+ to F on CinemaScore while based on 30 critical reviews, Metacritic scores the film 33 out of 100 which indicates that the film has received negative reviews overall. With 99 reviews, a rating of 17% has been given by Rotten Tomatoes which makes the average rating 4.2 out of 10. The critical consensus about the film by the website goes, “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.” From Sci-Fi Movie Page, Rob Vaux has given one star to the film out of five and says that the fine cast of the movie is completely wasted by this YA adaption with a purposeless story of alien invasion.


Positive Reviews

On the other side there are some positive reviews as well USA Today’s Brian Truitt has commented positively rating it 3 out of 4 and describing it has an inviting sci-fi invasion and has also praised the work of Robinson and Moretz. Moviepilot’s Michael Patterson gave the film a rating of 9 out of 10 and addressing it as “thrilling story of survival” and  The West Australian’s Shannon Harvey also commented positively saying “It’s actually got a lot going for it, from acting prodigy Chloe Grace Moretz as the kind of tough but fragile heroine you can cheer for to handsome production values, several plot twists.”

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