The 5th Wave (2016) | Movie Review

Just when you thought everyone’s already had enough of these Young Adult adaptations which have pretty much the same plot, then you’re totally wrong. Here is my review of Rick Yancey’s best-selling novel The 5th Wave.

The 5th Wave stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Liev Schreiber, and is directed by J Blakeson. The film starts out pretty exciting, giving off a different, much darker feel as opposed to films of the same genre. But after the first hour or so, the film just gives up and turns into your typical “teenage girl saves the day” movie, bombarding us with every YA trope we’ve already seen. It would’ve been OK if these cliche moments we’re executed better, but unfortunately, they’re not.

The romantic aspect of the film doesn’t help either, giving us too much of it at a particular time. This makes the romance feel underdeveloped, hence it made me care less about it. The acting is dull, too. I’ve seen better performances from Moretz and Robinson. Director J Blakeson wasn’t able to make most of the material that was given to him, although I haven’t read the novel so I’m not really sure if the material wasn’t really that good in the first place.

I expected The 5th Wave to be different. It thinks it is, but sadly, it is just another run-of-the-mill blockbuster that was made to milk the cash out of its audiences. Was it enjoyable? Not really. Am I watching it again? Probably not.

My Rating: 5/10

 

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