THE 5TH WAVE
BY THE COMMANDER
1-1/2 (out of 4 stars)
I knew when this title came out and saw the lead cast… I knew it was going to be some kind of adolescent ‘end of days’ movie. It's not the first and the definitely won't be the last. If you like movies like Red Dawn and Transformers, where kids are the secret to overthrowing the enemy, whether it be human or alien, then you’ll probably like this movie. Of course, there's not a whole lot that makes any sense whatsoever, in any basis of reality (I know Einstein would be rolling in his grave). But if you want to let your mind turn to mush and believe whatever the writers tell you, throwing laws of physics out the window, then you will probably like this movie. However, being educated in the sciences, math and engineering, nothing in this movie is anywhere near plausible.
OK—now you want to know what the movie’s about, don't you? It’s attack of the aliens, while hovering over the state of Ohio, which is of course the center of Earth (kind of reminds you of Independence Day, doesn’t it?). The aliens, being a lot more technically advanced than humans, want to wipe out the human race, because as far as they're concerned, they’re nothing but insects and they need the planet for their own use.
They attack us with numerous cataclysmic events, which kill almost everyone on the planet. (Where were Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith of Independence Day when we needed them?) Well, apparently that didn't kill everyone, so the aliens launch a 5th Wave that hopefully will finish the job. (Reminds you of the 10 plagues, doesn’t it?). Unfortunately, they forgot to take into account, Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz), whose unrelenting determination to save her missing younger brother, will cause the demise of the alien invasion. Yeah, right?!
To me, this is a stupid movie that I would avoid at all cost. If you really want to see this, catch it when it comes to cable TV. There is nothing whatsoever redeeming about this movie. No CGI, special effects, cinematography, script or acting. I was rooting for the aliens to put an end to all this nonsense.
So if you're young, dumb, and full of... haven't graduated from high school, then this is your movie. Enjoy it while your brain is still undeveloped.