The Tomatometer rating — based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics — is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show. 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.
I kept hoping, but no such luck. It's a question that is never answered. Ultimately squashed by a silly and generic love triangle that makes The Hunger Games look like Casablanca. The storyline is generic apocalyptic science fiction and feels a lot like an uninspired fusion of Independence Day and the TV mini-series "V".
The whole thing appears to have been designed by some crazed Oedipal wing of the N. The 5th Wave plays like a Wayans-brothers spoof of movies based on dystopian Young Adult novels.
Seriously, it could have been called YA Movie the way it wallows in all the overly familiar tropes of the genre. The death and destruction in "The 5th Wave" can be highly entertaining, but once that's over, the movie must follow its predetermined formula.
The film comes across as an underwhelming fan tribute to Twilight and The Hunger Games series. It's the craziest of the YA dystopia movies by far, taking the premise of "child murder as entertainment" to new, un-dreamed-of heights. Although it's based on Rick Yancey's young adult novels two so far, and counting , The 5th Wave feels more as if it were cobbled together from a host of other, better science fiction stories.
With a terrific cast and a director who at least is making an attempt to shake up the literary dystopian status quo, there's really no reason for this one to be as outright terrible as it ultimately proves to be. The 5th Wave is simultaneously boring and cringingly overwrought, with a bland protagonist, a completely nonsensical story, and another teen love triangle.
It's a worse Hunger Games movie than even the last Hunger Games movie was. It's the kind of film where after the opening scene, there is a 40 minute flashback sequence of pure awkward exposition. It's the kind of film that manages to avoid being "offensively bad" by by the skin of its teeth, only because it is instead "embarrassingly bad". I terms of acting? Look, Liev Schreiber was okay, but his role is both minor and beneath him. Chloe Grace Moretz has never been worse.
Everyone else was terrible. There are so many moments in The 5th Wave that had me shaking my head, and the acting, dialogue and plot are all equally to blame. And the CGI fuckin' sucks. See more reviews like this at chrisbreviews. Throughout the film scenes cross between perspectives of Cassie and Sammy.
It proved difficult to identify that Cassie was intended to be the main character as more screen time was given to Sammy's experiences in the army which was far more interesting, albeit absurd, than Cassie meeting an untrustworthy older love interest played by Alex Roe. Viewers would be pleased to know that this is another movie adapted from a critically acclaimed young adult book trilogy written by Rick Yancey. The ending does leave breathing room for a sequel which is yet to be announced at this stage.
This film very much reminds me of the Divergent series, and makes it very unoriginal even to the extent where it becomes tacky. The possibility of the actions committed in this film occurring in a real-life reciprocation of this situation is highly unlikely. This may seem like an unimportant detail, but it does increase the believibility of the script and therefore will engage the audiences' emotions more effectively for example, training children in the army in an apocalyptic environment.
The decision to make the extra terrestrial to appear in human form was risky, and paid off in terms of secrecy, suspense, and plot twists, but it could also be seen as lazy not to physically bring the aliens to life using CGI. The opening sequence did hook audiences presenting a scene from later in the film.
This is hardly an all-star cast, but there may be a few faces you would recognise. None of the acting is stand-out, with much of the cast using their aesthetic as their primary asset. Several love triangles ahead. As for the characters themselves; aside from the enigma behind each one, I didn't find most of them very interesting. The only individual character which interested me was Ben Nick Robinson ; Cassie's high school crush.
Being forced to step into a leadership role,-an abrupt transition from ordinary high school student- falling in and out of love, acting as a mentor to many, and then becoming a renegade. I'm intrigued to see where his character goes next. I also was intrigued by the chemistry between him and Cassie's little brother Sammy Zackary Arthur as co-soldiers without realising their respective relationships with Cassie. Genres include science fiction, action, adventure, romance, and mystery.
That's exactly what this movie delivered. But it must be commended that the theme at this film's core is the importance of family; surprising for an apocalyptic movie.
To conclude, this film can be missed. The CGI and special effects are fantastic, but the incredibly slow-moving plot with no clear direction that doesn't make sense isn't to be congratulated. 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 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: 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 Audience Score Percentage of users who rate a movie or TV show positively.
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PG for violence and destruction, some sci-fi thematic elements, language and brief teen partying. Alex Roe as Evan Walker. Liev Schreiber as Colonel Vosch. Ron Livingston as Oliver Sullivan. Maika Monroe as Ringer. Matthew Zuk as Wounded Man with Crucifix. Maria Bello as Sergeant Reznik. Maggie Siff as Lisa Sullivan. Tony Revolori as Dumbo. Alex MacNicoll as Flintstone. Marc John Jefferies as Boy on the roof uncredited. Nadji Jeter as Poundcake. Talitha Bateman as Teacup. Ryden as TV News Anchor.
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Madison Staines as Teary School Kid. Gabriela Lopez as Lizbeth. Cade Canon Ball as Oompa. Derek Roberts as Private Parker. Tara Jones as Co-Anchor uncredited. Hunter Denoyelles as Cheerleader uncredited. Geoffrey Kennedy as Bullhorn Soldier. Devin McGee as Confused Man. Justin Smith as Armed Man. Adora Dei as Exam Room Tech.
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