The 5th Wave (2016) Review

Originally posted on saccityexpress.com on Feb. 11, 2016

5th-Wave_posterScore: 2.5/5

Actors Chloë Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson are a part of a new generation of Hollywood stars.

Robinson has proved to be a hit in indie films like “Being Charlie” and “The Kings of Summer,” while also proving that his boy-next-door good looks were bankable in the blockbuster “Jurassic World.”

Moretz has demonstrated her innocence-fueled wisdom in “Hugo” and “(500) Days of Summer,” but has also taken the transition from child actor to starlet in “Carrie” and “If I Stay.”

Together, these young thespians should have been able to use their talents to bring life to a genre that is quickly becoming diluted. This, of course, did not happen.

“The 5th Wave” is set in the middle of an alien invasion. The title indicates that there is a series of assaults that otherworldly beings used to take over Earth:

  1. Power is taken away from the world through a giant electric shock. Systems of communication and transportation are destroyed as the result of the first wave. Many lives are lost.
  1. Tsunamis wipe out the coastal population.
  1. A plague kills the survivors and those living in the interior of the continents.
  1. Ground troops are deployed to pick out the remaining survivors.

I list these waves because it seems unnecessary to have so many. If this is really an advanced alien civilization, wouldn’t it just be easier to develop a super virus that can kill everyone instead of a few people? Why develop tsunami-inducing technology when biological warfare is more effective?

Is there a military industrial complex that holds back such developments, complete with elected representatives from districts where most constituents are employed by companies that build tsunami technology? If so, there’s no way that an alien civilization with the same bureaucratic obstacles as the United States would be able to effectively take over Earth. But I digress.

Of course, the big picture issues of such an invasion don’t matter because this is about Cassie Sullivan (Moretz) trying to find her brother who was kidnapped by the aliens. But wait, there’s more. It turns out that her brother is actually at the same camp as her high school crush, Ben Parrish (Robinson).

Never mind the potential billions of lives lost. What matters is that Cassie has to find her brother while also avoiding the alien death squads roaming the planet while trying to find a way to face her feelings for Ben.

As a young-adult film, “The 5th Wave” is just another comet that passes by our field of vision before quickly fading away from both our hearts and our memories. But it wasn’t like it was there to begin with.

“The 5th Wave” is currently playing at the Regal Natomas Marketplace Stadium 16 in Sacramento.

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