The 5th Wave (2016) Review

Rating: 5 / 10

This movie still is made for teens who also like other young adult novel adaptations (The Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent).

Plot: Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment.


  • Cholë Grace Moretz as Cassie Sullivan
  • Alex Roe as Evan Walker
  • Nick Robinson as Ben Parish/Zombie
  • Gabriela Lopez as Lizbeth
  • Liev Schreiber as Colonel Vosch
  • Bailey Anne Borders as Julia
  • Ron Livingston as Oliver Sullivan
  • Zackary Arthur as Sam Sullivan
  • and many more

Directed by: J Blakeson

Written by: Susannah Grant (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay), Jeff Pinkner (screenplay), Rick Yancey (novel)

Going in this movie I really was hoping that it will be such an awesome movie – the trailer didn’t disappoint me and was hoping that it will have all the cool action from the novel (which I imagined so vividly in my head). But I was disappointed when the movie ended. For me the biggest difference between other young adult novel adaptations were that in this one you have aliens and it shows the pre- and mid- apocalyptic scenes. Mostly in other YA adaptations you see just the post-apocalyptic world.

I so much wanted that they include some great scenes from the novel and they didn’t. I was looking forward for the awesome scenes at the beginning in the survivor camp – with the big explosion and a bigger involvement of the main character Cassie Sullivan. But of course there wasn’t such a scene – budget cuts, maybe? This movie was made only for $38 million (estimated) and I think that they would gotten a greater budget, then the scenes would’ve been made or included. Of course the movie changes a lot of things from the novel but that always happens with movies who are being adapted from a novel.

If you put logic in this movie you will get a freaking headache. But I won’t go in to that because I will get a freaking headache afterwards.

The acting from Cholë Grace Moretz was really good and she has a great talent for her age (hope to see her in other movies) and I enjoyed her in the Kick-Ass film series, I still am hoping to see a Kick-Ass 3 movie. But I kind of didn’t enjoy the actor that played Evan Walker (Alex Roe), maybe just the character he was playing was hard to play but he didn’t put that much effort and didn’t make the character so charismatic. The other cast members in the movie was mostly ok. Liev Schreiber was a great addition to the film and I enjoyed his parts of the movie.

The biggest problem for me about this movie was that it was made like a Twilight movie but with aliens and just for teens (mostly girls) (and I am a dude…..I think the movie wasn’t made for me…..shit). The plot was interesting and it was interesting till the point you get too much of the walking in the woods and the love story. If you are an adult and you  like a love story (without putting logic in the movie), that has aliens in them and explosions and some abs showing – you go ahead and watch it. If you are a girl under 17 – you will enjoy this movie as much as Twilight, Divergent, The Maze Runner and so on.

As of February 24, 2016, The 5th Wave has grossed $32 million in North America and $68.6 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $100.6 million, against a budget of $38 million.

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