How do you imagine the world will end? Global warming? A fiery explosion? For Cassie, the end of the world is no longer just her imagination; it’s reality. Aliens called the Others have invaded the earth, wiping out humanity in deadly waves. By the fourth wave, the Others are among the humans, making it impossible to trust anyone. Now it’s the beginning of the fifth wave, and heroine Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) has been separated from her brother. Cassie vows not to rest until she finds him, but meanwhile, Cassie’s old crush Ben, (Nick Robinson) has been recruited into the Army to work against the Others. Ben’s and Cassie’s stories become entwined as they race to unravel the Others’ plot before they succeed in killing every last human on earth.
The Fifth Wave is a compelling dystopian movie. It contains great acting and while the movie has Hunger Games undertones, it’s different enough to be called its own. It will be enjoyable to fans of the other recent, popular dystopian movies (such as The Hunger Games and Divergent).
However, The Fifth Wave would not be good for younger children; it’s rated PG-13 for a reason. This movie contains some adult language, and while that may not be an issue for some people, it is also an extremely gory and bloody movie. It starts out with violence right off the bat, and continues to get more violent. This may disturb some people. There are also some more romantically mature themes, and some people may not feel comfortable watching a few parts or letting their kids watch them.
Fans of the book will enjoy the movie, as the movie doesn’t stray too far from the plot of the book. There are some things that are different, but that’s typical of any novel-based film.
All in all, The Fifth Wave is an addictive movie for anyone who’s looking for an action-packed movie to watch and doesn’t shy away from violence. It’s very entertaining, and will leave you wanting for more!