Friday, January 22, 2016

The 5th Wave

Rated PG-13 / 1 hr 52 min / Action - Adventure - SciFi

What is it about?

Cassie Sullivan is a normal high school girl that likes to go to parties, has a crush on the cute football player, and draws tentacle hentai in her diary. Her life gets interrupted by a giant flying XBox that had been turned inside out. The guy from Ancient Aliens comes out to be the voice of reason while everyone else panics. Then the aliens use a giant EMP because they can't take Trump being on TV anymore. This is the first wave of attack. Each wave pushes humanity closer to the One Direction Apocalypse. Cassie gets separated from her brother because she promises to get his Care Bear. Now she has to weave her way through the 5th wave of aliens to save her brother from becoming a zombie slave and reuniting him with his precious Care Bear.

You will like it if...

You like predictable tween post apocalyptic B movies. Like with most of these films, they casted the film based on looks rather than acting ability. Of course one of the guys who is completely ripped has to take his shirt off in one scene, but unfortunately his level in acting hasn't risen above "block of wood". Chloƫ Grace Moretz in the lead role is a good choice, but she does this one thing with her face that makes it look like she is constipated. The rest of the tween cast is passable to awful. They try to build up Maika Monroe as Ringer, but her role is very minor in the film and you're left wanting more of her and less of everyone else. The story itself is an interesting concept, but the film version is completely predictable even if you haven't read the book. You can tell they limited the budget on this and special effects took a hit as a result. In some spots you can tell that the CGI wasn't completely fleshed out like it normally would be in a bigger budget film. Everything about The 5th Wave feels like a B movie. It will be cool for fans of the book to see it on the big screen, but there is no way this will live up to their expectations. The book must be better than what they put on screen here. I would suggest reading the book instead as it does seem like an interesting concept and I can see the makings of an intricate story. For fans who want to see the film I would suggest waiting for it on Netflix or Redbox.

Next Week

Kung Fu Panda 3, Jane Got A Gun, The Finest Hours, Fifty Shades Of Black, or whichever film you vote for. Vote early, vote often, vote in the comments or Godzilla will pick the movie! As always the movie selection is subject to change based on what is showing here in theaters.

Upcoming to DVD on January 26

  • Burnt - Haven't seen it yet!
  • Chi-Raq - Haven't seen it yet!
  • Goosebumps - Haven't seen it yet!

1 comment:

The Deepening said...

Part of the reason I don't like books or movies that involve apocalyptic or dystopian themes is because, a, they're predictable as hell, and, b, they're predictable as hell. I'm never a fan of us/them conflicts, anyway. The one exception I made recently was Transcendence, and, as usual, predictable as hell and loaded with 'stupids'. But, then, one could say that about just about every story, the popular and the unpopular. The few popular books-into-movies (that I can remember their names) that don't do that are ones like Lonesome Dove and Legends of the Fall. Now, for pure fun, Pirates of the Caribbean 1, though still the same ol', same ol', was just what it was - pure entertainment that didn't take itself seriously. That I can handle. The ones that 'pretend' to be serious stories, though? Gah!