The 5th Wave (2016) Movie Review

The 5th Wave (2016)

2016 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
112 minutes /

User Score: 55/100

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The 5th Wave Review


Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

The 5th Wave (2016) is an American science fiction thriller-adventure movie that is one hour and fifty-two minutes long and is so worth it to watch. The movie is an action-packed thrill ride that takes you on a journey with a young female that will so just about anything to save her little brother while finding romance along the way. Director J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)) did a phenomenal job in executing his second full-length movie that blew me away. The 5th Wave started filming on October 18, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia and ended shortly after on January 17, 2015, after a planned explosion at 3:45 am on January 11 of a bus in downtown Macon, Georgia did not go as planned on. The explosion spread wider than predicted causing more than forty windows on Cotton Avenue to break while causing a lot of ceilings to collapse, causing a building to be on fire, destroying the front of stores and leaving soot on the buildings that are nearby. The movie had an estimated budget of $38 million and grossed over $109.3 million at the box office.

The 5th Wave revolved around Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Moretz - Kick-Ass (2010), Hugo (2011), Kick-Ass 2 (2013), The Equalizer (2014)) who was suddenly dealt a card that no one I know would like to be dealt. The movie started by showing us Cassie in a dangerous situation in present day and then switches to her backstory which was a difficult journey for her to endure as she lost her father along the way. Cassie was home on a typical average day and saw the news that there is a strange structure hovering over their home in Ohio containing extraterrestrials known as "The Others." The Others cuts off Ohio’s power/electricity which resulted in every machinery equipment to lose power including planes and vehicles. Cassie and her classmates’ saw a plane falling from the sky, and that was known as the First Wave which resulted in Cassie and her family packing their bags to leave their home.

The Second Wave caused tsunamis to tear through Ohio resulting in a lot of deaths. I was loving the movie by this point and did not want to take my eyes off of the screen. The Others used about three million birds to distribute a deadly virus that was created genetically and used it during the Third Wave. Skip forward - Cassie see’s her father’s death and became a fearless dangerous girl in seconds as she has only one mission on her mind and that is to save her brother. Cassie met Evan (Alex Roe - The Calling (2000), A German Word (2013), Hot Summer Nights (2016)) along the way and later learns the truth about Evan which made her want to stay away from him. Will Cassie be able to save her little brother from the Others?

I enjoyed The 5th Wave for everything it has to offer and thought it was an original masterpiece that I will like to see again when it comes out on Blu-ray/DVD. The last 30 minutes of the movie was an intense, thrilling adventure with nonstop action and should not be missed. All of the actors gave incredible performances that were convincing and realistic. The sets were outstanding as well a the music, cinematography, visual/special effects, sound, sets and an excellent storyline. The movie contains extreme violence that is mostly done by kids/children and also contains mild bad language and an implied sexual scene although it is not seen.

About The 5th Wave 2016

Title: The 5th Wave
Year: 2016
Runtime: 112 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.7/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Johnny Otto, Liev Schreiber, Maria Bello, Jamie Soricelli, E. Roger Mitchell, Tahseen Ghauri, Chloë Grace Moretz, Scott Ledbetter, Robert Hatch, Chuck Clark, Marc John Jefferies, Walter Hendrix III, Billy James, Jim Palmer, Justin Smith, Shelby Young, Maika Monroe, Brian Gonzalez, Kendrick Cross, Roger Neal, Josh Turner, Craig Carmean, Curry Stone, Darla Perez, Terry Serpico, Adam C. Johnson, Talitha Bateman, Michael Edwards, Carlee James, Nicolas Bosc
Writers: Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Rick Yancey
Director: J Blakeson

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