The Fifth Wave is yet another adaptation of a YA post-apocalyptic novel in the desperate search by Hollywood studios to find the new Harry Potter/Everdeen Katniss teenage hero.
This one is so derivative half the film is spent identifying references from other sources – from the 1950s Invasion of the Bodysnatchers through to TV series, V: from District 9 to War of the Worlds: from Australian film Tomorrow When the War Began to Alien. The list goes on…
With its storyline and voice-over from lead Chloe Grace Moritz (Kick-Ass, Clouds of Sils Maria), The Fifth Wave is obviously set up for a sequel. Based on this somewhat weak, lacklustre rendition of the first novel in the series, the next may not see the light of day.