Directed by J Blakeson
Written by Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, and Liev Schreiber
If there ever was a so-called “young adult bubble” in Hollywood “The 5th Wave” proves that the bubble went bust. Let’s face it films in this so-called bubble has yielded little regarding blockbuster success, at best all the bubble has produced is films that did well enough to get sequels. “The 5th Wave” just recycles tired YA tropes, and recycles them in ways that bring nothing new to the genre. You have the reluctant heroine, love triangle, and a post-apocalyptic setting. All of this has been seen before and done better in other movies.
What “The 5th Wave” has going for it is that the movie stars the talented Chloë Grace Moretz. Moretz has proven herself a formidable young talent with “Kick-Ass” and a recurring role on “30 Rock.” Placing Moretz in a YA trope rehash is a waste of her talents, and that is saying a lot because she was the only watchable thing in the movie.
The rest of the movie is filled with terrible CGI, a subtle reference to Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and a plot line the reminds one of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” This movie makes you wish you were watching either “The Birds” or “Body Snatchers.”