Monday, 1 February 2016

The 5th Wave Review

The 5th Wave

Release Date: 14th January 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures
Living Films
GK Films
Material Pictures
L Star Capital

Sony Pictures Australia 

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 112 minutes

Budget: $38,000,000

Box Office Gross: $109,906,372

Plot Summary
After four waves of
deadly attacks devastate
most of Earth, Cassie,
16, goes on the run to
find her younger brother
and prepare for the fifth
and final wave, in which
there is little hope for

She comes across a
young man who may be
able to help, but she's not
sure she can trust him.

Chloƫ Grace Moretz - Cassie Sullivan
Nick Robinson - Ben Parish/Zombie
Alex Roe - Evan Walker
Gabriela Lopez - Lizbeth
Bailey Anne Borders - Julia 
Liev Schrieber - Col. Vosch
Zackary Arthur - Sammy Sullivan
Ron Livingston - Oliver Sullivan
Maggie Siff - Lisa Sullivan 
Maria Bello - Sgt. Reznik
Maika Monroe - Ringer
Tony Revolori - Dumbo
Talitha Bateman - Teacup
Parker Wierling - Jeremy

Director - J. Blakeson
Based on Novel "The Fifth Wave" - Rick Yancey
Screenplay - Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner
Executive Producer - Richard Middleton
Producers - Tobey Maguire, Tim Headington, Graham King and Matthew Plouffe
Production Designer - Jon Billington
Cinematography - Enrique Chediak
Costume Designer - Sharen Davis
Visual Effects Supervisors -
Darren Poe and Scott Stokdyk
Film Editor - Paul Rubell
Music - Henry Jackman

Before THE 5TH WAVE made its initial release, I looked at the trailer that was heavily advertised on YouTube and became sceptical of this new movie when I heard it was actually a movie adaptation of the book that is meant for young adults who were probably into young adult fiction. Targeted at audiences who were fans of the book and stuff like HUNGER GAMES and MAZE RUNNER, I'm less enthusiastic of how the interpretation was oversaturated with exposition and dull teen romance. I was more expecting a film about survival or an alien invasion like INDEPENDENCE DAY (click here) but THE 5TH WAVE is more like a paranoid thriller in the vein of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS just unfortunately it's not very thrilling, devoid of action and devoid of aliens... I'd rather watch 2005's WAR OF THE WORLDS to death over this.

The movie's only redeeming aspect is the acting with Chloƫ Grace Moretz and Liev Schrieber making the best of what little there is to work with.

I don't think THE 5TH WAVE will succeed in its own merit, geared entirely to set up a sequel it squanders it's potential. I guess that I'll regret watching the movie and I wouldn't watch it again.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average


  1. Devoid of action? Gosh, I thought it'd at least have some action based on the trailer. I guess they tried to market it that way to get viewers. I wanted to see this because of Liev Shreiber, so that good that he's a redeeming quality! Good review -- now I know (if I ever get around to watching it) to expect a lot less!

    1. Me too, I wouldn't expect it'd be so dull-ish and cheap, it kinda reminds me of the sequel of Hunger Games that nobody wants.