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The 5th Wave review

We review The 5th Wave - aliens are already here in this dystopian teen action movie

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The 5th Wave

Certificate: 15

Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Liev Schreiber

Release date: 2015

2 out of 5


Another dystopian young adult novel gets adapted for the big screen, and in this one Chloe Grace Moretz is the teen looking morose with a weapon as the world threatens to come to an end around her.

It seems there have been four waves of deadly alien attacks on Earth, so things are looking pretty grim. Cassie and what remains of her family are in a refuge camp for those who have survived an alien plague, but when she and her brother are taken out, they are separated, and while searching for him she learns that all the kids are being recruited to fight back against the outer space critters.

While the opening effects of the first alien attack look pretty impressive, both the plotting and performances go downhill from there, and you can’t help but compare it to better movies that have trod a similar path, from big budget effects flicks like The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games to smaller fare like How I Live Now and Tomorrow When The War Began. There’s just not much new being said here, and only fans of the novels are likely to want to sit through this to its yawnsome conclusion.

Is The 5th Wave suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

This is a 15 certificate movie and not suitable for younger viewers. There are battle scenes, and younger viewers may be upset by scenes of children being used as fighters.

There is also a mass shooting and other violent scenes.

If you like this, why not try: Tomorrow When The War Began, How I Live Now, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Divergent,