Movie Review: The 5th Wave


I’m a huge fan of “The 5th Wave,” by Rick Yancey and was really excited to see the movie. I’m not a big movie-goer because I lack the ability to sit still for more than an hour at a time, but I’ll make my way to the theater for something I’m excited for. 

This is my first movie review, but I felt like it was time to branch out, and what better way to do so than to review something that’s based off of a YA I love.

What I liked: Overall, the movie stayed true to the book. Of course, there are parts that have been shortened for viewing purposes but their weren’t any major storylines cut or origins changed. I particularly thought that the casting was exceptional. Chloe Grace Moretz is a wonderful young actress who plays the role really well. There was a particular scene where she is running after the bus carrying her younger brother and the audience could nearly feel her desperation and it felt incredibly real. The graphics were also incredible. I truly worried that this movie would end up with an incredible amount of cheese–I mean it is about aliens–but the director and producer did a great job of making it dark but still light enough to appeal to a younger audience. They didn’t spend a lot of time trying to explain to the audience what ‘the others’ are or why they were invading, and I’m glad that they maintained that mysterious aspect from the book.

What I didn’t like: While the movie stayed mostly true to the book, they did change a few things around to make it adhere to the PG-13 rating. There is a lot less violence in the movie than in the books, which greatly effects how Cassie’s character is portrayed. In the book she’s this kick-ass heroine who learns to survive when she has no other choice, but in the movie, she lacks a certain kind of toughness and I had a hard time believing that she would make it so far. The other major changed centered around Evan. I won’t spoil the movie, but the writers definitely attempted to make his character more sympathetic.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie and if you can ignore that everyone looks flawless despite the apocalypse than you’ll probably enjoy it too 3.5/5



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