Chloe Moretz is on a mission to save her brother as the world crumbles in ‘The 5th Wave.’ Is this movie our new young adult obsession? Check out the reviews about the new film!
Is Chloe Moretz, 18, taking over for Jennifer Lawrence, 25, as our new young adult heroine? The teen queen stars in The 5th Wave, based on Rick Yancey’s best-selling novel, along with hotties Alex Roe, 25, and Nick Robinson, 20. Is the movie a hit or does it fall short? Here’s what the critics are saying about The 5th Wave!
Taken on its own, “The 5th Wave” is an effectively decent post-apocalyptic, young-adult, world-in-the-balance survival thriller… Moretz makes the most of a script that gives her a softer Cassie than on the page, while Livingston, who’s looking more and more like George Clooney, and Schreiber, who can pivot plausibly from good to evil on a dime, play it like the pros they are. As the before-and-after faces of Cassie’s budding sexuality, Robinson and Roe make up in soulful looks what they lack in charisma.
It’s the end of the world as we know it — yet again — in “The 5th Wave,” a largely silly sci-fi action-thriller with a wobbly narrative based on the bestselling young adult novel by Rick Yancey. With two subsequent books in the series, can a movie franchise be far behind? Let’s hope not… To the movie’s credit, it contains several eye-popping scenes of alien-inspired devastation, and it eschews dystopian tropes for a more intimate, reality-based setting.
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. Robinson, a co-lead of sorts here, is equally strong in his character arc, as Ben goes from popular star quarterback to the dead-eyed, unemotional guy known to his squadmates as “Zombie.”
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.
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