The 5th Wave
Director: J Blakeson
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, Ron Livingston & Maggie Siff
Rating: ★ ★ ★ 1/2
On Wednesday night, I had the immense pleasure of being one of the first people in Australia to watch an exclusive preview screening of the film adaptation of Rick Yancey’s YA dystopian novel, The 5th Wave.
Having only read the first chapter or two after picking it up and putting it back down over 3 years ago, I was doing something that I had never done before…going into a movie without having read the book first! (gasp)
If you haven’t read the book either, here’s the low down. Cassie is a normal teenage girl in America where boy problems and school are her only troubles. All is fine and dandy until a large floating object appears in the sky and sets off a killer chain of events that puts the entire fate of humanity in serious jeopardy. Separated from her younger brother Sam, Cassie is pushed to the limit to find him and stop both of them becoming the next victim of the ‘Others’. With the help of the mysterious Evan Walker, a boy who saved her life and is determined to help her in any way he can, will Cassie find Sam before it’s too late? And what do the ‘Others’ really want?
I quite enjoyed this movie. While I didn’t think it was on par with ‘The Hunger Games’ as the hype surrounding it suggests, it was quite a good addition to the current dystopian trend.
Chloe Grace Moretz was a well suited actor for Cassie but I personally thought her and the actor who played Evan lacked chemistry. Or maybe it was just that their *spoiler alert* ‘love’ was not very well developed. I’m assuming the relationship was delved into much deeper in the book, but it just didn’t come across that way on screen. There were points where myself and quite a few people in the audience groaned instead of aww-ed in various ’emotional’ love scenes. It even felt very ‘twilight-y’ at times. Evan was totally an Edward Cullen rip off.
I did however like the Ben Parrish/Zombie character. He was great! And did I sense some chemistry between him and Ringer?! Interested to see that potential development in the second movie if that’s a thing!
My overall thoughts? I liked it…but I didn’t like it enough to gush about it. Then again, I went in with no expectations and not much prior knowledge on the movie so I’d say I quite enjoyed it considering. I wouldn’t say watching the movie made me itch to read the book, but I will definitely check out the sequel! Call me officially intrigued!
If you liked Divergent or even The Hunger Games, this movie is definitely your thing!
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