Based on the novel by Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave follows the story of Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz), a teenage girl living out her everyday teenage life. Or, like every post-apocalyptic teen movie before this, that's what she thought. Soon, an unknown alien life force makes its way down to Earth, striking in waves. There has been four so far, the fourth one involving the aliens inhabiting human hosts. So this film is going to be about Cassie taking down the aliens and saving the Earth, right? Nope. At the start of the film, Cassie is separated from her younger brother, Sam (Zackary Arthur), and, with the help of a stranger (Alex Rose) she met and instantly fell in love with, she attempts to go and rescue him.... because reasons, you know.
Right from the opening couple of scenes, it's obvious this film is severely lacking originality. Everything from showing a dramatic scene from the middle of the movie and cutting back in time to the pointless narration about how everything changed to the "I'm just a normal teenage girl with a crush on a guy" plot, nothing here is new. And my god, it gets worse. As the plot continues, it just gradually gets more and more familiar, right up to the point where I had to ask myself "is this movie serious? Am I not imagining it?" Even the design of the alien ship is reminiscent to that of District 9, and I know which movie I'd rather watch.
Even ignoring the story and the possible future franchise, The 5th Wave just isn't a well made movie, either. The shots are bland and familiar, the visual effects are laughably terrible and most of the performances are cringe worthy. Chloë Grace Moretz is this film's only saving grace, and even she's been better. The cast, most of whom are very talented, are put to waste, none of them giving a performance worth mentioning. I didn't even realise Maika Monroe was in this movie until she appeared and I didn't think it was possible, but her performance here is far from the quality she's been giving as of late.
To sum up, The 5th Wave is the latest inexcusable excuse for a bit of money from studios attempting to jump off of the success of The Hunger Games. It's bland, familiar, poorly written, lifelessly acted and just not a well made movie. At all.