The 5th Wave – They Could Have Stopped At The 1st Wave – Review

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Oh boy!  Another teenage angst movie about a dystopian future where the heroine needs to decide which cute boy she wants to kiss!  Just kill me now.

Chloe Grace Moretz stars as Cassie – a high school girl who likes to party, take care of her younger brother and chase after boys.   However, life is about to change in every way imaginable as aliens invade Earth!!!!!

As the attacks do more and more damage to our planet, the children are being sent to a separate camp for their own safety, but Cassie becomes separated from her younger brother, and chases after him, which sends her on a epic journey where she confronts her own humanity and some hunky boy who likes to chop wood with his big axe (subtle metaphor).

Will Cassie be reunited with her brother?

What do the aliens have planned for the 5th Wave of attacks?

If you need to take a nap between the 2nd Wave and the 3rd Wave, just let slumber overtake you because your dreams will be much more interesting than The 5th Wave.

This is a movie that simply moves forward without any great emotion towards the predictable twists, turns and “shocking” revelations.  Think of it as a movie that has all of the elements, but none of the development.

The 5th Wave lacks the emotional connections and explanations an audience must have to give a damn about anything happening on the screen.  It’s a shallow movie masquerading as meaningful and deep.

Director J Blakeson and the writing team are forced to cram too much into the movie, which means nothing is given enough time to grow and resonate.  Instead of this leading to a breakneck, thrilling pace, The 5th Wave is lame, boring and flat.

0_5waffles_sml½ Waffle (Out of 4)

The 5th Wave is rated PG-13 for violence and destruction, some sci-fi thematic elements, language and brief teen partying.

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