The next wave of young adult series adaptations hits theaters this week.
|Hey! Have you seen Carl?|
I want my pudding!
Chloe Grace Moretz stars in the teenage alien armageddon feature, The 5th Wave. Armed to the teeth with plot points heavily borrowed from every genre picture under the sun, the feature is a mild disappointment that never sets itself apart from the other properties it wishes to recreate. With major elements borrowed from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing, Alien, They Live, and many of the pubescent dystopia films that have overrun theaters the past few years, The 5th Wave only entertains at a baseline level. Never escaping the trappings of what's expected from these popcorn flicks, it might have been better suited as a TV series. With shades of the failed Falling Skies, V, The Walking Dead, and numerous other fall of humanity genre entries, it's easy to see how this could have been transposed to smaller screens instead of cinemas.
|Oh my god! Not the Carrie remake again!|
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Adding to the lackluster mediocrity of this post-Christmas release is its video game looking graphics, its lackadaisical attempt at fight sequences, and a muted pace that won't keep its target audience very enthralled. This all seems like a laundry list of negatives but there are some positives too. Sadly for everyone involved in the movie, every ounce of success lies in the hands of Chloe Grace Moretz. Despite the glaring plot holes, horrendously ripped off story structure, and cliched tropes, she still maintains her integrity as an actress that should start sticking to more dramatic fare....or give us a Hit Girl spin off. She's far below her pay grade with The 5th Wave.
Don't hold your breath for a sequel.