The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave

tytuł polski: Piąta fala

director / reżyseria: J. Blakeson

USA, 2016


"The 5th Wave" is a 2016 American science fiction action film directed by J. Blakeson, with a screenplay by Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner, based on Rick Yancey’s 2013 novel of the same name. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, and Liev Schreiber.

When Earth is attacked by aliens, there is a sequence of waves of destruction to annihilate the population. The aliens drain the energy and create diseases and natural disasters. The teenager Cassie Sullivan moves with her family to the countryside, but when her mother Lisa dies, her father Oliver decides to go to a refugee camp with Cassie and her younger brother Sam. Out of the blue, the army comes to the camp to transfer the survivors to a military base. They transfer the children first but Cassie misses the bus where Sam is. She learns that in the 5th wave, the aliens have assumed the human form and she witnesses the military executing the civilians in the camp, including her father. She flees and now she begins her quest to find Sam. Meanwhile, the teenagers and children are trained by the military to fight the enemy. But how to know who is human and who is alien?

The story is very absorbing. The acting is brilliant and the dialogues are dramatic and moving. The story is really true to life. My first impressions were very mixed, I didn’t know what to expect. I was captivated by this story. I can highly recommend the film to everyone who is keen on stories of the Earth undergoing an alien apocalypse. The actors’ performance is outstanding.

Marcel Niedźwiedzki

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