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The 5th Wave (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: The 5th Wave
Year: 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Directed By: J Blakeson
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez
About: Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmxLybfGNC4

My Review:
Having not seen The 5th Wave in a while and continuously being drawn to it in my movie collection I decided to give this a watch. Gutted that they decided not to continue on the franchise as it left a lot of questions however I do find this film enjoyable.

Showing the background to the film and the different waves in which The Others seemed to take when eliminating the human race was something which helped the audience understand what was happening with the waves of Darkness; Destruction; Infection; Invasion and Child Education. With each wave killing humanity on the Earth so that the aliens are able to invade without problems and use Earth as they see fit. I found that by having the film follow Cassie and how things were outside of the camps was interesting and showed how much she cared and wanted to save her brother after discovering that the aliens were pretending to be the US Army. Having another view of inside the Child Education center and showing how the invaders were training the children to kill remaining humans was an interesting way of developing the movie but something which gave a lot more meaning.  Discovering that the invaders had been to Earth prior and had procreated with humans like with the character Evan, this makes the audience wonder what changed for the invaders to decide to just eliminate the human race. Another thing in which I like about The 5th Wave is that some of the children discover that the invaders are manipulating them into killing the remaining humans by making them think that they are the enemy with the equipment that they have been given and from having a tracking device put into their necks.

However, I thought that it would have been good to see what the aliens really looked like or if they really did look like humans did. Not only this but I thought that the character of Cassie could have developed a bit more as she seems to be the same throughout the movie even though she discovers about the invaders and that the man she was starting to love was an invader but it didn't really seem o bother her. Having the children be manipulated so easily with the invaders and easily choosing to kill it was something in which I didn't like as it seemed that they didn't question killing at all or about the technology in which they were using. With the ending showing how Evan also set off explosives in the Children's Center made me wonder if he got out or not as it isn't shown. Finally, I think that this film would have improved if it didn't leave on a cliffhanger especially as a sequel wasn't made so just made a little frustrated and continuously wonder what happened next.

Overall, this is a great first movie for something if they had decided to carry on the franchise however just left it being a little frustrating as a solo movie. I would recommend this to people who enjoy sci-fi and action movies who like young adult movies. Personally, I am gutted that they never continued with this series and will need to read the books to discover what happens next.

My Rating: 3/5 

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