Skip to main content

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 

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • If you have seen this film what was your opinion of it? 
  • Do you have a film we should review? If so comment it below 
To keep up to date with us please Subscribe and check out the following:
Tumblr: www.movieandbooksgirl.tumblr.com
To Support The Blog Please Donate To: www.ko-fi.com/AshleighAbsurd

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch (book review) *contains spoilers*

Book: Moon Over Soho Author: Ben Aaronovitch Genre: Crime, Fantasy, Mystery Published By: Gollancz Published Year: 2011 My Review: Having my colleague let me borrow the second book in the Peter Grant series I was looking forward to see how they would progress from the first book and what supernatural beings that they would have to defeat now. Moon Over Soho  is about jazz musicians who end up dying not long after coming off of the stage and seeming healthy at the time. Feeling that something is wrong they call in Peter Grant to help with the investigation and discover that something supernatural was going on. While this is happening there is a new threat arriving called The Faceless One who is also a wizard but no-one remembers what they look like. Will Peter be able to stop the threats facing London? Personally, I liked this book a lot more than the first book as it was already established also there was more supernatural beings introduced and to worry about in London th

Supernova (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Supernova Year: 2000 Genre: Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller Directed By: Walter Hill Starring: James Spader, Peter Facinelli, Robin Tunney About:  Supernova chronicles the search and rescue patrol of a medical ship in deep space in the early 22nd century and its six-member crew which includes a captain and pilot, a co-pilot, a medical officer, a medical technician, a search and rescue. Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUdy0Cu3f_o My Review: Looking through my movies and wanting something based in space to watch I decided to put on Supernova which is a film in which I couldn't remember at all. Not remembering it made me feel like this was a new movie to me and I did keep me watching all of the way through easily. I like that this film showed how the device in which they discover is able to make people stronger and able to make them younger as well. By also having this device able to reattach body parts it makes the audience worried about how they will get rid o

The Incantation (film review)

Film: The Incantation Year: 2018 Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror Directed By: Jude S. Walko Starring: Dean Cain, Sam Valentine, Jude S. Walko About:  A young American girl has a chance of a lifetime to visit her ancestors castle in the south of France, only to find that her family is hiding deep, dark secrets about their nefarious past, far away from prying eyes. Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EARmKIxjxQ&t=82s My Review: Having been contacted by Jude himself about this movie I was rather surprised but excited to review The Incantation which comes out in America later this month. Having only seen the trailer I was not sure what to expect but glad I gave this a watch. The film is about a girl from America who moves to her families castle in France and is met by a vicar who tells her the rules of the household with three rules: no going upstairs, no uninvited guests and keeping decorum. As she stays however she starts getting nightmares about a young girl wh