Review: The 5th Wave
Released by Columbia Pictures on 28 January 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction
Length: 1h 52m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Zackary Arthur, Liev Schreiber, Tony Revolori, Cade Canon Ball, Alex MacNicoll, Nadji Jeter, Maika Monroe, Flynn McHugh, Alex Roe.
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.
Three years ago, I read a book called The 5th Wave for the first time, and loved it. The aliens, the disasters (how terrible they were, how clever they were), the threat of a fifth wave, Cassie, the love for her brother, I loved all of it. Then, they announced there would be a movie of the first book, and I got even more excited – because I just love it when my favourite books get made into movies. Casting news came (which I honestly didn’t hear anything about until I saw the first trailer?), trailers were released, and yesterday I finally got to see the movie.
The 5th Wave tells the story of Cassie (short for Cassiopeia, a constallation) who has lost her family during the various waves an alien race named ‘The Others’ have released upon the world. She’s traveling to the place the army took her little brother to get him back. But the fourth wave is still happening, and the Others are picking off the survivors one by one.
I hadn’t decided to reread the book before watching the movie, partly because I just didn’t have time. So I didn’t remember the story in detail, but still remembered the general storyline. To me, the movie was very true to the book, because when something happened, I remembered what would happen next in the book, and that is to me what a movie should be like. Of course, there were differences, but I didn’t notice any big ones and honestly – who cares? I think we should all just agree on the fact that movies are never going to be exactly the same as the book (I mean who wants that? Might as well reread the book).
As for the casting, I only knew Chloë Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber from the main cast. The rest was all new to me, and I didn’t mind at all. It only made me like the movie even more, because this cast was so convincing! I loved Cassie, I loved Zombie and his crew, I even liked Evan a bit more (sorry guys I don’t ship it). And that brings me to the romantic aspect of this movie: I didn’t like it. I don’t remember if I shipped Cassie and Evan or Cassie and Ben when I read the book(s), but honestly I don’t ship anything at this moment. I was actually a bit annoyed at those two romantic moments in the movie, and I really wanted them to be over.View Spoiler »What I did like, was the awkward moment between Evan and Ben the moment Evan realised that it was the Ben Parish that Cassie had written about in her journal, that she’d probably dreamed about when she was still a normal teenager. That was pretty funny. Then he had to ruin it by sort of claiming Cassie by kissing her – idk if that happened in the book but that’s what it felt like to me. Like he marked her or something, ha ha ha. « Hide Spoiler
The action in this movie was great though, absolutely amazing. From the Crucifix Soldier, to the explosions on the base at the end of the movie, it was great. I was a bit scared during those first four waves – even though I loved them showing it to us instead of just telling us what had happened before – I mean that plane crashing is probably my worst nightmare ever. But I freaking loved it. Again, I don’t remember how much of this was in the book, and which parts had been added to the movie, but the action was probably what made me love this movie so much.
In the end, I really enjoyed The 5th Wave and I will certainly be seeing it again. I hope they’ll make The Infinite Sea into a movie as well, but I hope they’ll make it less boring? (I just remember that it wasn’t as exciting as the first book, but again it’s been a while since I’ve read it so I don’t know it that well).
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