Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The 5th Wave

 Released Year: 2016
Directed by J Blakeson

Casted by:
Chloë Grace Moretz as Cassie Sullivan
Nick Robinson as Ben Parish / Zombie
Alex Roe as Evan Walker
Liev Schreiber as Colonel Vosch
Maika Monroe as Ringer
Zackary Arthur as Sammy Sullivan
Ron Livingston as Oliver Sullivan
Maggie Siff as Lisa Sullivan
Maria Bello as Sergeant Reznik
The 5th Wave follows 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan as she tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of alien invasion that have already devastated the Earth's population and knocked humankind back to the Stone Age. As one of the planet's last survivors after her father was killed in a massacre by the army, Cassie has to learn the hard way to trust no one. The only thing that keeps Cassie going is the hope that she can save her 5-year-old brother, Sam, from a "training" camp established by the Others (the aliens). Cassie and Ben Parish, who was her crush in school, narrate a good majority of the story, along with several supporting characters who offer different perspectives. The Waves were planned attacks used by the Others in their attempt to take over planet Earth, but the reason for their desire to inhabit the planet is much deeper than that and has a lot to do with humanity itself.
 L² Scored: 6/10

L² Comment:
Before I watch this movie, a lot of friend told me the movie is not as good as the trailer. But for me, a guy who did not watch the trailer, I found that this movie is not as bad as what people say... Its something like "28 weeks later" + "Hunger game" + "Zombie land" kinda feel for me...

The movie is based on Rick Yancey's eponymous novel in 2013. From the ending of this movie, its not difficult to guess that there will be a sequence coming soon. But hopefully the negative feedback will not cause this series of movie to be die half way...

First Wave: Lights Out: During the first wave the Others release an EMP wave that takes out all electronics/lights/technology and kills half a million people by shorting out all moving vehicles, including planes in mid-flight.

Second wave: Surf's Up: The Others, realizing that roughly 40 percent of Earth's population lives within 60 miles (97 km) of coastline, drop enormous rods "twice as tall as the Empire State Building and three times as heavy" (45) onto the Earth's fault lines, causing massive tsunamis that wipe out three billion people.

Third wave: Pestilence: the Others launch a scheme to infect as many remaining survivors as possible with a deadly virus. Using the Earth's birds as carriers (via falling excrement) the plague claims 97 percent of remaining survivors. The virus, which resembles an advanced form of Ebola, causes victims to slowly bleed to death until eventually "you've become a viral bomb. And when you explode, you blast everyone around you with the virus" (46).

Fourth wave: Silencers: After the 3rd wave the remaining human population tries desperately to survive off whatever resources remain by looting, all the while clinging to the hope that "the people in charge", wherever they may be, are working toward a solution. Eventually this belief seems legitimate when an impressive battalion of soldiers (with functioning vehicles) arrives at the makeshift camp where Cassie, Sam and her father are staying. The soldiers and commander, however, only appear interested in the children and promptly load them onto waiting buses before ordering all the adults into the camp barracks. Once the humans are surrounded, Commander Vosch orders a massacre and kills everyone at the camp. Cassie, however, narrowly escapes and witnesses her father's death by Vosch's hand. At this moment the 4th wave becomes clear: not all humans are actually humans.

Fifth wave: The children captured during the 4th wave are taken to the Others' primary Earth military compound and are desocialized and then resocialized to execute one goal: kill the remaining human population. This is accomplished through a rigorous boot camp in which children, some as young as five years old, are issued weapons and are expected to follow orders given by commanding officers (whom the children have no idea are not human). During boot camp the Others convince the children that the "aliens" have taken over human bodies and it is paramount that they (the children) eradicate them. In essence, the captured children are the 5th wave.

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