Movie Review: “The 5th Wave”

The first wave knocked out all the power.

The second wave was the earthquake strong enough to shake the planet.

The third wave was the disease which spread the world.

The fourth wave, they were among us.


“The 5th Wave” is an American film directed by J. Blakeson, adapted from the book series by Rick Yancey. Cassie (Chloe Moretz) and her little brother, Sam (Zackary Arthur) get separated as the third wave hits. He gets sent to the base, only to realize that the base is used to train kids and teenagers to fight against innocent people who are trying to survive.

There, Sam meets Cassie’s old crush, Ben Parish (Nick Robinson) who keeps Sam safe, locking him up in a small room so that he wouldn’t be able to make it to the first fight. On the other hand, to find Sam, Cassie goes through numerous obstacles to get him back. As she realizes that the Others destroying the planet are among the people and are the military officers at the base, she does everything she can to get Sam back to safety.

On the course of her struggle to survive and find her little brother, she meets Evan Walker (Alex Roe) who helps her get back to base but she quickly loses her trust in him as she realizes that Evan Walker is also an Other in humanoid form.  

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The 5th Wave Movie Review by Rotten Tomatoes

The film received critical reviews from the Rotten Tomatoes, with ratings of 17% based on 118 views, with an average rating of 4.2/10. One of the critiques reads, “With unimpressive effects and plot points seemingly pieced together from the previous dystopian YA sci-fi films, The 5th Wave ends up feeling more like a limp, derivative wriggle.” However, the movie grossed $103 million worldwide.

I didn’t like the movie very much. I thought it wasn’t well thought out and throughout the course of the movie, I could easily predict what would happen next. The movie lacked pep and zing. However, I would try the movie out if you’re a big Chloe Moretz fan, as her acting is amazing in this movie. I would give the movie 2.5 stars out of 5.

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