Skip to main content

Chloe Grace Moretz and Zackary Arthur star as Cassie and Sam Sullivan in The 5th Wave.

Chuck Zlotnick

1.5 out of 4 stars

Title
The 5th Wave
Written by
Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner
Directed by
J. Blakeson
Starring
Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Liev Schreiber
Classification
PG
Country
USA
Language
English

Except to surf enthusiasts, dreaded things come in waves: violence, heat, Star Wars sequels, nausea etc.

Likewise in The 5th Wave, a disappointing film formulaically adapted from Rick Yancey's engaging young-adult novel, we have unseen aliens dubbed "Others" invading Earth in a series of frightfully disabling stages that precede the sci-fi survival thriller's titular fifth thing. An electromagnetic pulse deadens a planet; a tsunami has London bridges falling down; a virus spreads cataclysmically; half-human/half-aliens hunt down survivors.

Survivors such as teenage Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz), the story's coming-of-age protagonist, whose bee-stung lips tremble in the face of hunky boys and apocalypses, but who discovers an inner Jennifer Lawrence – she's a real Hunger Games baller – to fight a plot-twisting war as she seeks her tiny brother, one of the children conscripted into military service.

Story continues below advertisement

Topical ideas on humanity, mistrust and alien-as-immigrant metaphors are a plus, but a laughable romance and a ridiculous wrap-up render the film as only a staging ground for the next two parts of the trilogy to come. Although waves don't have to be bad, this unambitious first one is ominous.

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

Cannabis pro newsletter