This movie had the promise of great special effects and a world-wide alien invasion. The trailers for this movie looked impressive but unfortunately the only good special effects are in the beginning and few and far between the rest of the way. The middle of this movie is more like a soap opera with some attempted twists and turns, but for the most part this is a pretty boring 2 hours. I originally wondered why this was not a summer movie release and some kind of an alien block buster. Very soon you realize why “The 5th Wave” is a January release and more like a B movie than something that would be considered a blockbuster alien invasion movie like Independence Day, which came out 20 years ago. Coincidentally, Independence Day 2 will be coming out this summer and I am sure will be a much better alien invasion movie than this one.
The idea behind the 5th wave is that the first wave is that the aliens cut off all power, then they create massive earthquakes and tsunami’s, then they modify a bird virus to wipe out most of the human race. Finally the 4th wave is the arrival of the aliens who can take over the body of a human and then pitting humanity against itself to wipe out the world. The concept of all of this is believeable but the movie comes off as stupid and boring overall because the story is just not compelling enough to hold your attention for the whole two hours. There is a love story that is somewhat interesting and the actress Chloe Grace Moretz is very believable in her role, but she is not enough to save this movie.
I cannot recommend the 5th Wave.