ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 21, 2016
By Steve Newton
Sci-fi action flicks about alien invasions are pretty hit-and-miss. For every kickass Edge of Tomorrow you’ll find a crappy Independence Day.
And then there’s The 5th Wave, based on Rick Yancey’s 2013 young-adult novel. It took three whole screenwriters to turn that book into a laughable pile of juvenile hokum.
In a nod to/ripoff of John Carpenter’s They Live, you can only tell who’s an alien by peering through special lenses that reveal a squidlike critter inside the skull of a host. That’s kinda neat, but in The 5th Wave anything halfway decent gets wasted with a preposterous storyline that centres on a military commander (Liv Schreiber) who enlists little kids (like Sam) for intense combat training before throwing them into battle with the marauding aliens.
Throw in a clumsily handled, Twilight-style romance between Cassie and a superpowered alien/human hunk (Alex Roe) and the fact that Yancey’s book is the first in a trilogy makes you shudder at the franchise possibilities.
It’s disasters like this that make you welcome any conquering species, as long as they agree to vapourize Hollywood first.