I went in to this movie expecting another mediocre, yet somewhat enjoyable young adult book adaptation. This movie’s main draw to me was the lead, Chloë Grace Moretz, of whom I have been a fan since she played Hit-Girl, later proving her acting chops even more in Let Me In.
Moretz did not disappoint at all. She delivered one of the most believable performances as a lead in a film of this kind. She far exceeds the quality of Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games and Shailene Woodley in Divergent. Her performance here has the same level of awesomeness as her turn as Hit-Girl, as well as near the same level of emotional depth as her role in Let Me In.
The plot didn’t really bring anything new to the table. I immediately knew the twist when it could be first speculated because of something fishy that occurred at the time. There was an obligatory love triangle, because after all— your first instinct in the apocalypse is to fall in love; however, I did feel it to be much less prominent than in other series like The Hunger Games. The movie had a consistent intense feel to it, which I liked. The action scenes were cool, and the little bit of special effects that they had in the first couple of waves were pretty well done. They did some cool things with the cinematography too, involving X-ray vision (sort-of) goggles.
Overall, I thought this is probably the most enjoyable young adult adaptation to date. I even think it was better than The Hunger Games because I am not a huge fan of that film series, however I was a huge fan of those books, and have never read The 5th Wave series, so that may affect my opinions. I am sad that this movie is underperforming at the box office, because I really would have liked to see the sequels.
The 5th Wave
Big Tuna’s Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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