Friday, July 22, 2016

The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave by J Blakeson

Earlier this month I watched The 5th Wave (2016) by Pitch Perfect director J. Blakeson. My sister Margot had been raving about the book for the longest time AND angel-faced Kick-Ass actress Chloë Grace Moretz is in it, so of course I couldn't wait to check it out. Admittedly though, after The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner, dystopian YA movies are starting to do less and less for me, so all I was hoping for was an original plot, a good story and some decent acting.

The skinny

The world has been hit by four waves of an alien invasion that has decimated the population. When her mother dies from the plague, high school girl Cassie Sutherland (Moretz) leaves home with her father and brother, stumbling upon a refugee camp in the jungle. When an army unit rolls into the camp and places all the children on a bus, Cassie gets separated from her brother, and she watches as her father and other refugees are massacred by the army. Scavenging her way toward the base to find her brother, Cassie is shot in the leg and taken to a cabin in the woods by Evan Walker (Alex Roe).

The review

Alas, The 5th Wave didn't live up to other dystopian YA sci-fi movies, borrowing plot points (and set pieces) from previous ones to create an unimpressive and derivative fusion. Please find a new agent, Chloë Grace Moretz!

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