Friday, February 5, 2016

The Fifth Wave (2016)

IMDb plot summary: Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.
Directed by J Blakeson. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Zackary Arthur, Nick Robinson, and Alex Roe.

(Very very minor spoilers.)

This movie got a lot of bad press as just another sloppy dystopian future YA story, but, really, as far as dystopian future YA stories go, it's not terrible. The premise is good, if simple, the characters are likable, if not original, and there are some pretty fun disaster porn sequences and entertaining plot twists. Aside from one minor subplot that was eye-rollingly stupid (and that I assume is planned for a bigger role in any sequels), this was a pretty decent little movie, more along the lines of Ender's Game than The Hunger Games. Not the best of its genre, but certainly watchable.

2.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
The Fifth Wave > Camp Rock
The Fifth Wave < Eat Pray Love
The Fifth Wave < Strictly Ballroom
The Fifth Wave < Die Hard
The Fifth Wave < The Age of the Medici
The Fifth Wave > Sex Tape
The Fifth Wave < Death at a Funeral (2007)
The Fifth Wave > Checking Out
The Fifth Wave < Where's God When I'm S-S-Scared?
The Fifth Wave > Ratatouille
Final spot: #1163 out of 2427.

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