Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic movies have been around for a long time. From Night of the Living Dead through Mad Max and up to films like Armageddon and I Am Legend, the tales of our world ending have always fascinated us. In recent years they seem to be hitting a fever pitch with films like The Road, Snowpiercer and World War Z as well as more fantasy based popular franchises like The Hunger Games and the Divergent Series. The latest film to tackle our imminent demise is The 5th Wave, out now on Blu-ray and DVD.
Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Cassie Sullivan, a young woman living through a brutal invasion of Earth by alien forces. The looming spacecraft launches wave after wave of assaults on the human race causing loss of all power, earthquakes, disease and infiltration. After accidentally getting separated from her younger brother, Cassie must find a way to get to a military base that holds him, but she can’t do it alone.
Youth literature adaptations seem to be dominating the box office lately and for good reason. Youth lit is good. While many people may just write off the genre, the books are inventive, well written and hugely popular. And their translations to screen are doing just as well. While The 5th Wave didn’t do nearly as well as some, it was still a great little sci fi flick with originality, ballsy writing, and a strong cast. Moretz in particular just gets stronger and stronger as an actor with every new role. This is arguably her first big film that she carries on her own and she does very well with it. The production design is excellent, the premise interesting and engaging and the action plentiful. The 5th Wave really didn’t get the attention it deserved but I sincerely hope there is the possibility of more movies in the series. Although it would make an excellent Netflix series as well…just sayin.