THe 5TH WaVe
The 6th is boredom
released OUT NOW! 2016 | 15 | Blu-ray/dVd/download
Director J Blakeson Cast Chloë Grace Moretz, liev schreiber, Nick robinson, Maggie siff
There’s a scene early on in this YA adaptation where Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) shoots an innocent man. Even in a postHunger Games world it’s a startling opening. Unfortunately, it’s downhill from there.
A spaceship appears above Ohio, heralding the arrival of a race of aliens who proceed to devastate the planet with five waves of attack (EMP, tsunami, plague, alien soldiers and... well, that would be telling). Cassie must find her brother (Zackary Arthur), unaware that he’s been co-opted into an ET-hunting military unit.
The frustrating thing about the film is that it’s almost good. It’s character-led, with a subtext about brutalising children. But there’s no tension. Humanity has been wiped out in the first 15 minutes and you feel nothing. Cassie herself is sidelined the moment that love interest Evan (Alex Roe) shows up. And in setting up a potential trilogy it doesn’t so much end as stop.
Extras Commentary with the director and Moretz; “Inside The 5th Wave” is a generic Making Of; “Training Squad 53” and “Survival Guide” showcase the young cast; the unexpectedly adorable “Sammy On Set” follows Zackary Arthur as he interviews members of the crew. You also get 25 minutes of deleted scenes and a gag reel. Will Salmon
The concluding third book of Rick Yancey’s 5th Wave series – The Last Star – has just been released by Penguin.
You watch where you’re putting that hand, buddy.