Film Review: “The 5th Wave” (2016) ★★★


For a studio such as Columbia Pictures, 38 million dollars’ budget is not that big to worry about in case they lose it. However, it’s a significant amount of sum to be spent when you bring relatively young actors without being able to predict the final gross. Chloë Grace Moretz (Dark Places, Clouds of Sills Maria) and Maika Monroe (The Guest, It Follows) may not be that big actors who can bring dozens of people to the theater, but they certainly deserve a chance to get their film seen. Moreover, it’s a great start to until the time where they can lead in a film with a bigger budget sometime in the future. Grace Moretz has already established her name as a versatile actor, at least, for me, while Maika Monroe is still in search of her ground that will help her to aim bigger as an actor. But whatever it is, we certainly must support them in their journey, as they have already entered the right path.

The 5th Wave follows Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) who is on the run after four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks that have already killed a significant amount of people around the world. She goes to Ohio in desperate search of her brother, Sam (Zackary Arthur), who is taken by the army, lead by Colonel Vosch (Liev Schrieber) as an excuse to protect the nation from the upcoming 5th Wave that can destroy a whole planet. While she is on the quest to save her sibling, she meets Evan Walker (Alex Roe), a man with a dark secret, who tries to help her. In the meantime, Sam ends up in the same squad as Ben Parish (Nick Robinson) and The Ringer (Maika Monroe) who are getting trained with military skills to defend the planet from the 5th wave.

As the film progresses, it unfolds the real face of “the others” and the fact that they are already in the shape of humans, to be able to remain unnoticed. However, Colonel Vosch, who leads the army, aims to train children and teenagers to become real soldiers, in order to be able to fight against aliens. However, the question will be raised as to how can children defend the world if they can’t even protect themselves? Perhaps, this and many other unexplainable twists won’t make you believe in the entire story due to a weak script that failed to develop that part convincingly. Other than that, The 5th Wave is not that bad a film that could be skipped.

In conclusion, The 5th Wave ends with an open ending that gives hope for a sequel, if there will be one. The film itself is based on J Blakeson’s novel, where the young generation is the only hope to save the planet from complete invasion. It also talks about hope, and importance to not lose faith in humanity if we want to survive in such a challenging situation. Good or bad, this film delivers its point, maybe not as clearly as we wished, but enough to be worth giving a shot.

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