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THE 5TH WAVE

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 112 minutes, audio commentary, deleted scenes, gag reel, featurettes, previews

VIDEO: 2.39:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, French 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English Descriptive Audio, French Descriptive Audio

Subtitles: English (feature and extras), English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Sony/ Columbia Pictures/ GK Films/ Material Pictures

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  1-22-2016

Blu-ray/ DVD RELEASE: 5-3-2016

Cassie (Chloe Grace Moretz) must survive in a world besieged by an alien invasion which comes in waves.  The first wave is loss of power, the second wave is disaster, the third wave is disease, and now the fifth wave is about to begin as Cassie travels to reunite with her kid brother.   The US military has recruited kids in their fight to kill the aliens known as the Others.

 

THE 5TH WAVE is a solid alien invasion thriller with Chloe Grace Moretz delivering a solid and fragile performance as Cassie, but Maika Monroe steals every scene she is in as the character Ringer (which makes me wish THE 5th WAVE was all from Ringer’s POV).   Even though the film starts not at the beginning, but thankfully the events told in flashback don’t ruin the plot.   I hope they make the sequel soon which I hear is from Ringer’s POV, but I think Columbia pictures will probably want the movie be based on Cassie’s POV.  I love about almost every movie Chloe is in, but Maika just plays just a badass character that she gives Chloe a run for her money when it comes to character performance.  The actor who has the thankless performance is Liev Schreiber who plays the generic military figure of authority who is more than meets the eye.  So probably the only big complaint with the movie are the alien bad guys are pretty faceless and the movie could have spent a little more time developing many of the characters instead of it just being Cassie’s journey mixed in with knowing a little bit about the other characters including Ben (aka Zombie), Ringer, and Cassie’s little brother.  Movie adaptations of Young Adult novels are big business as every movie studio is looking for the next HUNGER GAMES or Harry Potter success.   Hopefully, there is a sequel to THE 5TH WAVE as it is at least entertaining enough for one watch whether you go see it in theaters or wait to rent it on digital, DVD, or blu-ray

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Feature Audio Commentary with Director J Blakeson and Actress Chloe Grace Moretz as they talk about the making of the movie and how the production was limited by the number of hours they could use the actors under 18 years old (and what the director did to get around those restrictions with hand, feet, and body doubles)).

 

11 deleted scenes (25 minutes total) that include additional story and character points like more training scenes of Squad 53 and what would have been during the events in the first fourth of the movie

Gag reel

INSIDE THE 5TH WAVE (approx 15 min)- a making-of featurette with behind-the-scenes footage, film clips, and interviews with cast and crew

THE 5TH WAVE SURVIVAL GUIDE- tips on how to survive the world of THE 5TH WAVE

TRAINING SQUAD 53- a behind-the-scenes look at training the kids who play Squad 53

CREATING A NEW WORLD- the visual effects of THE 5TH WAVE- learn they added some digital elements to make the air force base seem more impressive for the film

SAMMY ON THE SET- the actor who plays Cassie’s little brothers asks for advice on being a filmmaker form various members of the crew

 

Previews for PRIDE+PREJIDUCE & ZOMBIES, MONEY MONSTER, RATTER, and THE DRIFTLESS AREA

 

Code to download and/or stream a digital HD copy of the movie

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  THE 5TH WAVE might have a sequel given how it was mad under $40 million and the worldwide box office was almost triple that plus the earnings on blu-ray, DVD, and digital will add to the money Sony is making off of it.  The deleted scenes prove they might have made a more developed and satisfying movie, but THE 5TH WAVE is entertaining enough on a repeat viewing and will continue to find fans.  The extras aren’t bad and I hope they make the sequel soon of the second book in the trilogy.

 

This review is 5-4-2016 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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