Some early interesting concepts and great set pieces don’t come close to making up for this painfully bad wanna-be teen series that aptly lives up to is lame title.
Outside of the occasional surprises and Oscar Nominated wide-releases, the months of January and February are known as the “dumping grounds” for studio’s worst films. “The 5th Wave” is certainly one of these being dumped on uninformed audiences.
With a cast that includes Liev Schreiber, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ron Livingston, and a plot that revolves around not two, not three, not four, but FIVE waves of alien attacks, you might be tempted to spend your hard earned cash to see what it’s all about. Sit through the first 20 minutes and you may even think you’ve discovered one of those rare obscure sci-fi gems. It certainly has some great post-apocalyptic set pieces. It even handles the first three waves with some legit (if not necessarily new) science fiction concepts, which are presented in some very effective manners. But don’t be fooled! These first waves cannot prepare you for the brain-numbingly remaining waves.