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The 5th Wave

Thriller . Science Fiction . Sci-Fi . Adventure . Action

16-year-old Cassie Sullivan tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age.

Directors: J Blakeson
Country: USA
Release: 2016-01-22
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  • Brian Truitt

    The 5th Wave finds a way to make the most of Moretz’s talents, with the emotionality she showed in If I Stay and the utter physical chutzpah of her Kick-Ass films.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Clark Collis

    The frankly preposterous nature of the film’s setup is rendered slightly less so by a couple of second act reveals. But, by then, many viewers will have lost interest in a movie with a very high bodycount but a very small amount of grit, either emotional or literal.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Aside from a taste for Visual Storytelling 101 basics (a close-up of a dropped teddy bear, held for what seems like half a minute), British director J Blakeson (The Disappearance Of Alice Creed) doesn’t do much to distinguish himself from any number of hired guns.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Harry Windsor

    Director J Blakeson...might be making franchise bait but he exhibits a relatively restrained reliance on spectacle, and the screenplay by Jeff Pinkner, Susannah Grant and Akiva Goldsman is light on the aphoristic earnestness that bogged down the most recent Hunger Games, or last year’s Goldsman-penned Insurgent.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Eddie Cockrell

    Enough of Yancey’s ambitious narrative has made the final cut to reflect an arrestingly original spin on trendy genre tropes.

    Variety Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Moretz strikes a convincing empowered-badass pose but has no amount of charismatic fearsomeness can energize the illogical latter portions of The 5th Wave, which are driven by revelations about the aliens that, to put it bluntly, make no sense.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    It’s written to a machine-tooled formula, with two more episodes naturally planned to gouge cash out of the fanbase, and whatever interest this film has dies about five minutes before the closing credits.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    For all the goodwill generated by its early scenes, by the time The 5th Wave lumbers to its conclusion, you realize you’re not watching a movie but an act of crisis management.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Moretz gives the movie whatever warmth it has, though not even she can give it a real pulse.

    Time Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Director J Blakeson can't quite maintain the film's momentum while squaring its disparate parts, malleable story rules (weren't all power sources destroyed?), hokey dialogue and a crisscross of often one-note emotions.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    The apocalypse, in its effect on Cassie, mainly takes the form of a been-there, done-that checklist of Young Adult story tropes, and none of these are very scary or original, or bode very well.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    Everything that comes after the confident, dangerous first half-hour just makes you pine for what could have been as this devolves into ten-a-penny teen-lit sludge.

    Empire Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Soren Andersen

    This picture stands as the best argument yet that the YA dystopia cycle has passed its sell-by date.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Sheila O'Malley

    The 5th Wave is Dystopia-Lite. Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    The sense that children’s attitudes toward rampant militarization are being gradually normalized is the film's objectionable given.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    It’s tough to stay focused on the provocative bits when soapy talk of teenage yearning and angst keep making us snicker.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s all so obvious and (unintentionally) laugh-out-loud funny...Seriously, if you’re not five steps ahead of The Fifth Wave, you need to have yourself tested.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Allison Shoemaker

    Blakeson and screenwriters Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner don’t seem to care much about telling the story. They’re just checking off the boxes.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    The action is frequently too chaotic to register, and the performances are monotonal. There's no personality in this story, or the way it's told.

    The Verge Full Review
  • Andy Webster

    It’s depressing to see Ms. Moretz — so spirited in “Clouds of Sils Maria” and the “Kick-Ass” movies — reduced to constant mooning at Mr. Roe.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Sarah Ward

    Like many films designed to double as opening chapters in ongoing screen sagas, The Fifth Wave always feels padded, its focus on establishing a springboard for future sequels rather than satisfactorily exploring its own narrative.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Despite the strong presence of Kick-Ass star Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie, the movie is selling the same old YA yada yada yada that made phenoms of "Twilight" and "Divergent."

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Like a bad orange, this adaptation of the series-spawning novel by Rick Yancey lacks both juice and flavor.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It has the curse of earnestness. It is so sincere ... it is so sincere it could put you into a coma.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The undercaffeinated middle of the film consists of dopey twists, slow-burning gazes and dialogue that aims for “heartfelt” but comes out “unfortunate.”

    New York Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The storyline is generic apocalyptic science fiction and feels a lot like an uninspired fusion of "Independence Day" and the TV mini-series “V”.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    Given the likely reception to this movie, it’s unlikely there will be a sixth wave anytime soon.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The whole thing appears to have been designed by some crazed Oedipal wing of the N.R.A. And what are the aliens known as? The Others. I rest my case.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The 5th Wave is a typical example of the kind of dopey junk that passes for literature among today’s unsophisticated teens.

    New York Observer Full Review
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