HOME              NEWSTAR             MOVIES              FILM INDUSTRY          FESTIVALS & AWARDS

The 5th Wave


“A Sweet Spark On A Cliche Film"

Production : GK Films, Material Films
Distributor : Columbia Pictures
Director : J Blakeson
Casts : Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, MAria Bello, Maika Monroe, Live Schreiber
Duration : 112 Minutes
Released Date : January 22, 2016

The 5th Wave follows 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan as she tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of alien invasion that have already devastated the Earth's population and knocked humankind back to the Stone Age. As one of the planet's last survivors after her father was killed in a massacre by the army, Cassie has to learn the hard way to trust no one. The only thing that keeps Cassie going is the hope that she can save her 5-year-old brother, Sam, from a "training" camp established by the Others (the aliens). Cassie and Ben Parish, who was her crush in school, narrate a good majority of the story, along with several supporting characters who offer different perspectives. The Waves were planned attacks used by the Others in their attempt to take over planet Earth, but the reason for their desire to inhabit the planet is much deeper than that and has a lot to do with humanity itself.

This film is based on the popular trilogy novel written by Rick Yancey. The last novel of the trilogy is still in the making and said to be released this year on May 22, 2016. So, no one actually knows the ending yet except Rick Yancey. The protagonist Cassie Sullivan played by the award-winning actress Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Parish played by young actor Nick Robinson and Evan Walker, Cassie’s other lover played by Alex Roe, new actor on the rise who seems like trying to be the new Edward Cullen but somehow ain't working for the audience while Zackary Arthur played as Sam Sullivan the cute little brother of Cassie and Maika Monroe, played her role nicely as Ringer.

This film starts with the last normal day of Cassie before the first wave coming. Chloe Grace Moretz as usual played the role really well but believe it or not no matter how good Chloe’s performance is the movie still is a cliche. You know the story or whether you not you’ll find similarities to James Dashner’s The Maze Runner and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight. J Blakeson took the director seat. He likes to put some of his touch in some scenes. Like the one minute shot of the teddy bear. Everything’s behind it is unfocus, it creates some nice sense. Also the scene where Chloe is having mixed feelings about Evan while happy that she’s finally with her brother, the shot stays just only on her face for couple of seconds while in the background we can still see the chaos thats happening in the moment and some more of the undescribing touches. That’s just so different to see on a film like this. So, a little praise for J Blakeson for that.

If you like the novel by Rick Yancey you are definitely have to watch this and if you’re a fan of Chloe this one shows her strong performance too. But, well this movie is just a cliche with a little sweet sparks on it.
Point : 65


© The Film Reporter 2013-2015