THe 5TH WaVe

The 6th is bore­dom

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

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.

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