The 5th Wave Monday, 13 July 2020

The 5th Wave

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Ride it.

  • Starring:

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Alex Roe, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Liev Schreiber, Maggie Siff, Zackary Arthur, Maria Bello

  • Directed by:

    J Blakeson

  • Running time:

    112 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People (including children) are shot, swept away (presumed drowned), threatened, imprisoned, electrocuted, hit, slapped, thrown through the air/against objects, wrestled, smashed through a window, kicked, punched, hit with objects, choked, pistol-whipped. People fall over stair railings, trip over. Plane, car crashes. Explosions, earthquake, tsunami. Burning buildings, vehicles, mass devastation. Weapons (rifles, assault rifles, handguns, six-shooters) handled by kids, teenagers, adults, snipers; weapons training, knife-throwing. Military personnel, vehicles, prison, drones. Post-invasion world, destroyed cities seen (abandoned cars/property, broken glass, property strewn in streets, ransacked store). Death, extermination of human race, killing, invasion discussed. "I'll rip your throats out," mentioned. Blood/gore: Close-up of bullet exiting chest. Objects cut out of skin, needle extracted from skin. High body count, room full of bodies. Bloody hands, face, scratches/grazes, clothing, bandage, bullet wounds, sheets; blood sprays. Scar, skin bulge, tourniquet, suturing, stitches, bruising. Bodies in body bags/wrapped in plastic, patients in hospital camp. Implants inserted into necks. Brain wave monitors, face masks, IV drips, flatlining, quarantine. Stomach falling out mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting, sexting, ogling. Sexual banter/harassment. Skimpy clothing, bare legs, shirtless man bathing. Strip poker mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer). Teenage party, underage drinking. Lit cigarette found (no smoking). Gambling (poker). Iodine applied to wound.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Partial f-word, s-words, a-word. Slang for genitals. Name-calling.

  • THEMES:

    Alien invasion, mankind, human extinction, survival, aliens, avian flu, fatal viruses, refugees, redemption, child soldiers, fear, distrust, body-snatching.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead mother, dead father, children separated from families. Funeral/burial scene. Dead parents, sister mentioned. Spaceship, aliens inhabiting human hosts, parasite, electrical outages. Based on the books by Rick Yancey.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Captivating, thrilling, glossy, polished, well-paced, satisfying, watchable, decent. Competent performance by Chloe Grace Moretz, intense opening sequence, ambitious narrative.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Lazy, eye-rolling, middling, trope-y, formless. Familiar story, contrived romance scenes/plot developments, shabby special effects, clunky dialogue, sagging middle section, feels padded, obvious ending.

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