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The Conversant Critic: “The 5th Wave”

The Conversant Critic: “The 5th Wave”

“The 5th Wave” hit theaters last weekend adding another drama to the wildly growing young adult genre.

The film is based on the New York Times Best Seller by Rick Yancey and chronicles a post-apocalyptic story of an invasion by a group of extraterrestrial beings dubbed as “The Others.”

Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Mortez) is a normal teenager living an ordinary life when it takes a drastic twist when “the others” attack earth in four distinct waves. She gets separated from her brother during the chaos and struggles to get back to him.

Cassie meets Evan Walker (Alex Roe) along the way and makes an alliance with him, despite concerns about trusting him. Cassie continues her mission and aims to reunite with her younger brother before the final fifth wave.

“The 5th Wave” received mixed reviews from critics and movie-goers alike and only brought in $10 million on its opening weekend.

Overall the young adult film left an average impression on audiences. Like several young-adult thrillers, “The 5th Wave” had one too many clichés and presented a rushed romance. The concept of a post-apocalyptic world is not new but the “The 5th Wave” offers a decent twist.

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