THE 5TH WAVE

Alien Na­tion

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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.

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