The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave

J Blakeson (2016)

15 Certificate


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Chloë Grace Moretz faces the alien equivalent of the biblical plagues of Egypt in this dreadful "tweenage" potboiler. Moretz plays a high-school student, who's separated from her younger brother and forced to search for him after aliens arrive. But these imaginatively named "Others" only want the planet, not the people, so they instigate a global power outage, then earthquakes and floods, a bird-flu pandemic and infiltration in human guise. And the titular 5th wave? An all-out attack, but with the film's only genuine twist. It's director J Blakeson's first foray into sci-fi but he exhausts the so-so special effects in the first few minutes, then falls back on a jumble of every survival, alien-invasion and teen-romance clichéknown to movie-going man, woman and child. Moretz gives this "tween"-targeted twaddle way more welly than it deserves, however the movie never rises above the muddled mediocre. A nonsensical ending threatens a sequel, but don't hold your breath.


Earth suffers a series of four devastating attacks from alien invaders, that leaves civilisation in ruins. As the human race awaits the fifth and final onslaught that will wipe them out, a teenage girl tries to protect her younger brother in a dangerous wilderness - and gets drawn into a plan to fight back against the aliens. Sci-fi adventure based on Rick Yancey's novel, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber.

Cast & Crew

Cassie Sullivan Chloë Grace Moretz
Ben Parish Nick Robinson
Oliver Sullivan Ron Livingston
Lisa Sullivan Maggie Siff
Evan Walker Alex Roe
Sergeant Reznik Maria Bello
Ringer Maika Monroe
Colonel Vosch Liev Schreiber
Dumbo Tony Revolori
Director J Blakeson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Jan 2016