Movie Review: The 5th Wave

Isabel Bierwirth


Staff Writer

Following in the wake of successful young adult science-fiction movies like The Hunger Games and Twilight, director Jonathan Blakeson follows with The 5th Wave. In this film, the earth gets hit by waves of alien attacks, knocking out of power, creating earthquakes, and spreading disease all over the world. Cassi Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz) is a high school girl who ends up on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother when he is taken by the aliens who are known as “the others.” But who can she trust when the enemies look just like humans? This is an attention-grabbing movie for everyone interested science-fiction, but it falls short in comparison to similar movies like The Hunger Games. It also is the heartwarming story of the relationship between siblings, however, and there are moments of real emotion. The unexpected ending may leave the audience restless, but will also build demand for a sequel based on the second book of the trilogy.