THE 5TH WAVE
released out now! 15 | 112 minutes
Director J Blakeson
Cast Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika
Monroe, Liev Schreiber, Maria Bello
“How do you rid the world of humans?” asks 16- year- old Cassie Sullivan ( Chloë Grace Moretz), the every- teen heroine at the heart of this YA adap. It’s a question that drives Rick Yancey’s source novel.
An unseen alien race has begun an attack, sending tidal waves crashing into skyscrapers and causing a pandemic. The fourth wave will see them walk among us, taking our form, before the final push wipes the rest of us out.
Orphaned, Cassie must do what she can to survive, while looking for her brother, who’s been shipped to a military compound to join other emo youngsters being trained to fight. Meanwhile, Cassie’s getting hormonal after meeting Evan ( Alex Roe); director J Blakeson knows his audience, with gratuitous shots of Roe cutting wood and bathing in a lake.
The story is efficient, with some decent twists – even if it feels Ender’s Game- lite. And Blakeson does his best on a limited budget, though frequent shots of kids with military- grade weapons are an uncomfortable aspect of this adolescent actioner. James Mottram
Filming in Macon, Georgia, a bus explosion damaged a bookstore, melting its modem and blowing a door off its hinges.
The Ewoks never stood a chance.