But for the most part, Blakesons dull, humorless film plays to the lowest common denominator. Stories for young adults dont have to be for everyone. Tell a story that caters to one demographic and no other, if that floats your boat. But Blakeson and company dont seem interested in actually entertaining young people, and they certainly dont want to make them think. They just want the money, thanks. Cough up the cash, take a seat, switch off your brains, and enjoy — or at least watch — the show. "Remarkable, entertainment weekly (Grade a the passage meets, ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick yancey. After the 1st wave, only darkness remains.
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This storyline has legit the most promise, but like every fairly promising plot, the film gives it short shrift. Thats actually being generous; Blakeson just goes through the motions here. Its as though he thinks he can sum up the horrors of war statement — and not just of any war, but one fought by children — with a single, interminable shot of a teddy bear abandoned in the street. How hard is it to make the sight of armed, militaristic, and still terrified children upsetting? Most of the moments that work, however fleeting, seem to occur in spite of the films best efforts to squash them. Robinson leads a little sing-along that captures more in 30 seconds than nearly all the other scenes combined. Fellow soldier Ringer (. Maika monroe, also condemned to garish makeup — seriously, who thought, i know, lets make sure all the women keep their eyeliner supplies well-stocked even though they can barely find water?) has a few bits of fun, badass spikiness. And as Cassies doomed parents, the criminally underutilized. Ron livingston office Space ) and Maggie siff mad Men ) manage to stir up some emotion, presumably because they know that acting is important.
Still, while moretz makes the most of her share of the schlock, roe doesnt, sleepwalking through declarations and confessions and occasional sessions of wood-cutting — not a metaphor, he really chops wood, in a flannel shirt and everything — as his storyline with Moretz races. Its predictable in the book and far more predictable here. They couldnt have telegraphed it harder if theyd used revelation Morse code. The other point in the ya triangle does a little better, though he, too, gets screwed by the screenplay. Nick robinson jurassic World ) plays Ben Parish, a high school quarterback (and secret object of Cassies affection before, you know, the aliens ruin everything) whose family dies offscreen after the plague descends. He winds up being trained by the intimidating Colonel Vosch (. Liev schreiber, phoning it in) and slightly unhinged Sergeant reznik (Maria bello, much better but forced into some thoroughly impractical makeup) as a literal boy soldier, leading a squadron of other kids — some quite young, though most aged up from the book — through.
The 5th, wave, its Cassie sullivan, as played by the normally delightful. Its not Moretzs fault that shes served such weak tea. When given moments that matter — an opening sequence, for example, that centers on raiding an abandoned convenience store and discovering a seemingly-wounded survivor — she mostly dates rises to the occasion, albeit hindered by some of the aforementioned silliness. (Nail polish, eyeliner, and blow-dryers all made it through the apocalypse, apparently.) But shes a winning performer and does her best with what shes given, though admittedly, it isnt much. Shes also not helped by one of the aforementioned hunky hunks. Alex roe plays evan Walker, a mysterious lumberjack type with pretty eyes and huge arms and basically no charisma. Its difficult to blame that on the performer, father's since hes given almost nothing to do but stare and run.
It hits all the beats you expect from a genre thats become a mini-industry all its own. But its fairly good at what it does, and couples the familiar tropes — love triangles, hunky mysterious boys, absent or villainous adults, implied sex and slightly more explicit violence — with a few unique ideas, a compelling character or two, and some genuinely scary. Blakesons effort takes the silly, predictable nonsense and runs with it, leaving most of the good ideas behind in the dust. Worse still, it banishes them to expository monologues, taking huge character moments — moments of realization, terror, anger, and even joy — and condemning them to the overwrought speeches that pepper the script like the cars abandoned on silent highways across the world. Blakeson and screenwriters Susannah Grant, akiva goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner dont seem to care much about telling the story. Theyre just checking off the boxes. One of those boxes: a scrappy young heroine who triumphs despite it all.
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Director: j blakeson, writers: Susannah Grant, akiva goldsman, jeff Pinkner. Producers: Tobey maguire, graham King, matthew Plouffe, lynn Harris. Executive producer: Richard Middleton, music: Henry jackman, director of photography: Enrique chediak. Production designer: Jon Billington, costume designer: Sharen davis, editor: paul Rubell Set decorator: Frank galline casting director: Francine maisler Not rated, 112 minutes. One of the more interesting ideas. The 5th, wave results from one of the titular waves, an offensive strike from the ominous aliens that seek to wipe out humanity. After destruction, pestilence, darkness, floods, and faults, the humans have one more thing ripped from them: the ability to trust plan each other.
If they see another human, another lone survivor, they have to run. Run in the opposite direction. Run away as far and fast as they can. Thats pretty much what this movie does when a good idea stumbles into sight — that particular idea included. Adapted from Rick yanceys young-adult novel of the same name, the 5th, wave doesnt come close to reaching the heights of its source material. Yanceys book imagines an alien invasion that comes in, you guessed it, waves: first a cut of all the power, then cracks along fault lines that destroy the coasts, then an avian plague, then a stealth invasion, all leading up to the final wave. Thats not to say that the novel, as it exists on the page, is a work of great genius.
The 5th, wave, but no interminable aerial combat. Meanwhile, cassie is tramping through the woods, en route to the military base to reclaim her brother. Shes saved from enemy snipers by evan Walker, a mysterious farm boy played by Alex roe, a pretty, very earnest English actor in the robert Pattinson-Theo james tradition. Its rare for almost all of a movies clangers to be given to one character, but roe gets thrown the lot. Cassie wakes up in evans farmhouse after having been shot, and is naturally suspicious of her benefactor.
He calms her nerves by telling her, i couldnt save my parents, but I could save you.". This middle section of the film is the saggiest, weighed down by a leaden romance that seems all too familiar, but it picks up again when Cassie and Ben team up to rescue nugget from under the nose of Schreibers conniving Colonel Vosch. In a sequence sustained seamlessly by editor paul Rubell, the kids stick it to the adults and strike out on their own. If part of YAs appeal is that it provides a fantasy of independence from parents at a time when young people find it deferred longer than ever, Enrique chediaks glossless digital photography locates. The 5th, wave very much in the here and now, investing it with the same earthiness he gave 2014s. Production companies: Columbia pictures, gk films, lstar Capital, living Films, material Pictures. Cast: Chloe grace moretz, nick robinson, ron livingston, zackary Arthur, maggie siff, liev schreiber, maria bello, maika monroe, alex roe.
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In the most contrived narrative transition in the film, cassie gets off the bus when her little brother insists she find his teddy bear. Shes promptly left in the dust, as the tyke wails on the back seat. Taken to an army base and given the nickname nugget, the boy is enlisted to fight the invaders in a squad led by his sisters old crush, ben Parish (. Jurassic World s Nick robinson). Theyre joined by ringer, a tough cookie who was kicked out of her last unit for disciplinary issues, played with scene-stealing relish by maika monroe (. Shes particularly memorable essay next to Moretz, who has always made for a convincingly scrappy teenager but is something of a blank slate as the films heroine, with line readings pitched at a level of panicked desperation that never really varies. Their task of defending the planet against the imminent fifth wave is complicated by the discovery that the others, as the aliens are called throughout, can assume human form. This wrinkle is the pic's savviest, allowing Blakeson to emphasize the personal and earthbound. There are plenty of shoot-outs.
tidal waves smashing into miami and the london Bridge and up office stairwells is terrifying and tossed off, as though Blakeson is in a hurry to get the apocalypse out of the way and on with the story. When the bird flu hits, cassies best friend is quarantined at the local football field, never to be heard from again. Soon the family is strapping packs to their back and abandoning their house, which seems to be by-the-course in movies like this, though surely it would be most peoples last move. They lob in to a nearby campsite turned tent-city, where cassies father gives her a gun. Nowhere is safe anymore, he tells her. Before long, a reliably inscrutable liev schreiber rolls in at the head of a phalanx of tanks. He entreats parents to put their children on buses so they can be taken away to a secure location.
Cassie is the kind of girl who gets home from a party and ducks her head around her parents door so they know shes made curfew. Her Dad (Ron livingston) gives her an appreciative thumbs-up, and she goes to say goodnight fuller to her little brother (. Transparent s Zackary Arthur) by serenading him to sleep. The idyll is short-lived. Everything changed, cassie tells us in a voiceover, when an alien craft appeared in the sky. Soon after, an electromagnetic pulse takes out the worlds power — the first phase. Next come floods, then avian flu, then a ground invasion.
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Another week, another plucky teenage girl with the fate of the world on her shoulders, buffeted by smoldering glances from two strong, yet sensitive, young men. Adapted from Rick yanceys 2013 novel, The 5th, wave stars Chloe grace moretz as Cassie sullivan, a high school student whose world is upended when aliens invade. If that sounds tantalizingly like a retread of the sci-fi blockbuster that Moretz's character headlined. Clouds of Sils Maria, the new film is both more engaging and just as generic as that movie-within-a-movie. Director j blakeson (behind the camera for the first time since 2009s drum-tight. The disappearance of Alice Creed ) might be making franchise bait, but he exhibits a relatively restrained reliance on spectacle, and the screenplay by jeff Pinkner, susannah Grant and akiva goldsman is light on the aphoristic earnestness that bogged down the most recent. Hunger gps Games, or last years Goldsman-penned, insurgent.