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Movie Review: The Fifth wave – Dystopian Nailbiter  


The Fifth Wave movie ReviewL-r, Nick Robinson, Zackary Arthur and Chloë Grace Moretz star in Columbia Pictures' "The 5th Wave."

Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Maria Bello, Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez, Bailey Anne Borders, Ron Livingston, Nick Robinson, Maggie Siff, Zackary Arthur, E. Roger Mitchell, Maika Monroe

Director: Jonathan J Blakeson

Adapted for the screen from Rick Yancey’s best-selling young adult sci-fi novel, helmer J. Blakeson’s The Fifth Wave features a young ménage a trois a la Divergent/Insurgent and The Hunger Games with a pair of handsome suitors vying for a brave damsel’s hand in a post apocalyptic world. This time around, it’s Chloe Grace Moretz in a role similar to the ones played by Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley in the afore-mentioned doomsday blockbusters.

The world as 16 year old Cassie (Moretz) Sullivan knows it, has been pulverised by successive waves of alien attacks. Now, Cassie must combat an impending one and save her kid brother Sammy (Zachary Arthur). Does she? No prizes for guessing.

As a dystopian/romantic nail-biter adapted for the screen by Akiva Goldsman and Susannah Grant, there’s enough happening to sustain the attention of young males with a taste for action. Consider the many ways in which people are bumped off: if they’re not shot, drowned or strangled, disease does the rest.

What bothers your reviewer though is the increasing tendency in, foreign films like this one to employ the children-killing-under-duress trope. These kids are not malevolent ghouls from the horror genre; these kids are forced to choose between The Others and Us. In other words, kill. The special effects are OK, the plot not and the best thing I daresay about the film, is sweet Chloe full of grace.