The 5th Wave

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I went and watched The 5th Wave on Sunday evening with my family. I had seen the trailer on TV quite a lot, so it was a film I'd had my eye on going to see for quite a while before it was released. The film has been created based off of a series of books written by Rick Yancey. The 5th wave was released back in 2013 and is the first book in the trilogy, with the last book scheduled to be released in May later this year.

The story is based on a series of alien attacks (also known as "The Others") which are targeted at the planet in order to decimate the human race. The humans in the film call these the "Waves". The first wave - Lights Out - is where the Others take out all lights, technology and electronics, leaving the world in darkness. This starts the killing of the human race because moving vehicles and planes in mid-flight all loose power which creates explosions and crashes. The second wave - Surfs Up - is the creation of tsunamis all over the world which wipes out three billion people. The third wave - Pestilence - is the Others releasing a deadly virus which is intended to wipe out the remaining survivors on earth, which is spread around the world via the earth's birds. The fourth wave - Silencers - is when it becomes unclear who is actually a human and who is an Other as they start overtaking human bodies. The fifth wave is the story that the film follows, where the Others' goal is to take out the remaining humans so they have complete control of the earth.

The film follows a 16-year-old girl called Cassie Sullivan. (Who is played by Chloë Grace Moretz, an absolutely amazing young actress, who I instantly recongised from some of her previous films such as If I Stay, Hugo and Dark Shadows - to name a few.) Cassie's younger brother, Sam, gets recruited by the army, and getting left behind, she does whatever it takes to find and reunite herself with him. During her journey, an accident leads her to form an alliance with Evan Walker (Alex Roe) and knowing he can help her find her brother she's forced to trust him. Part of the story also follows Ben Parish aka Zombie (Played by Nick Robinson who's recently been in the new Jurassic World, and also played one of the main roles in Melissa and Joey) - who was Cassie's high school crush, before the alien attacks. Ben was also recruited by the army and ends up in the same squad as Sam, Cassie's younger brother. This spin off narrative follows the journey of Ben's squad within the army and the secrets they reveal when they're deployed. 

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the 5th wave, the fast moving story, with the layered narrative kept my attention and interest the entire way through, the pace of the film ensured you understood everything that was going on, but it didn't give you a chance to look away and have a chat, because it was constantly moving. I really liked the fact the story follows the two different characters and also shows you what's happening within the army training facility as it splits up the story and allows the audience to see what's going on in each aspect of the plot. I think if they had kept the training facility a big secret from the audience the plot wouldn't have been as captivating as the audience would be constantly wondering if Ben was still alive and what the army were doing with Sam. Overall I would 100% recommend you go and see this film if you like fast moving sci-fi thriller films, there's not really any aspect of "jump scares" or a big element of surprise which makes you jump out of your skin but I think the plot makes up for that with the constant twists and turns, which constantly give you pieces of information.

"Somethings you can never leave behind. They don't belong to your past, they belong to you"

The 5th Wave was released in Cinemas on the 22nd January 2016 click here to watch the trailer and here to book tickets at your local Cineworld. 

Until next time,

Alice x

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