The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave

Chloë Grace Moretz leads this young adult sci-fi as a survivor of an alien invasion that has claimed most of the human race, wiping them out in four strategically different waves of attacks. As the fifth wave looms to secure the victory, Cassie (Moretz) races against the clock to save her younger brother. From the director of The Disappearance of Alice Creed, based on the bestseller by Rick Yancey. Co-stars Maika Monroe (It Follows) and Liev Schreiber (Defiance).

2016Rating: M, Mature themes, violence and coarse language112 minsUSA
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The 5th Wave / Reviews

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

If you were to count the number of book-to-screen young adult stories that dabble in doom-n-gloom-n-love-n-hope, then The 5th Wave is more like the 20th from the past decade. With The Hunger Games completed and both Maze Runner and Divergent midway through their sagas, this alien invasion tale needs to do a lot to stand out. Unfortunately, the only outstanding thing the film’s got is Chloë Moretz.

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Variety

Variety

Enough of Yancey’s ambitious narrative has made the final cut to reflect an arrestingly original spin on trendy genre tropes.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It's depressing to see Ms. Moretz - so spirited in "Clouds of Sils Maria" and the "Kick-Ass" movies - reduced to constant mooning at Mr. Roe.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Blakeson, who worked low-budget wonders on The Disappearance of Alice Creed, handles the shifts and twists of the plot efficiently enough, but the result remains lumpen and crucially lacking in surprise.

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Stuff

Stuff

Even at a brief 112 minutes, The 5th Wave is a long slog towards the credits.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

A movie that's as generic as it sounds, complete with a just-as-standard alien invasion plotline thrown in.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Director J Blakeson... might be making franchise bait but he exhibits a relatively restrained reliance on spectacle...

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

Nothing essential going on here, really, but capable of supplying an effective escapist diversion for those who need it fast.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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.

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