As readers we all know how adaptions pan out. They’re horrible. Almost every single one of them, aside from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series, doesn’t match up with the book and leaves us all wondering whether the writers read the book or not. But I admit the people behind The 5th Wave movie also did not too bad of a job at adapting this sci-fi YA novel into a movie. They only made small adjustments to it but most of those things I think were necessary.
Cassie, who is played by Chloe Grace Moretz was just a normal teenage girl when the first wave struck Earth – power outage, then tidal waves where the earth was broken by tsunamis and earthquakes, a fatal disease, and lastly the body being overrode by another life source. That day when the power went out, was the day that everything changed and the day that the Others made their presence known. The Others were aliens seeking to inhabit Earth. But for this to happen, no people could remain. All humans needed to die.
When Cassie’s younger brother, Sammy was taken by the army and taken to a location that was said to be the safest possible place, Cassie is separated from him. But Cassie doesn’t give up.
Along the way, she meets Evan Walker. And when the actor came into the room for the first time… wowie… Alex Roe is one attractive being. They did a great job with the casting in that area. Even the entire cinema agreed – well the girls did. I think some of the guys felt a little bit… degraded after that.
This movie made up for the parts where the book failed. In parts of the book, action lacked and the book fell into a lapse where nothing much was happening. But the movie boosted all of these moments up with action or with intensity that it always kept you sitting on the edge of your seat.
And where there were parts of the book which were slightly confusing and didn’t make much sense, the movie managed to iron out those parts until it was easy to see what the author had intended to say.
The negative part of the movie was the constant focus on the love story which took away from the rest of the story (getting Sammy, Cassie’s brother back). But then again, who can blame her? It’s Evan Walker played by Alex Roe after all. I can hear all of the girls in the cinema agreeing with me on that one.
The character, Sammy who was played by Zackary Arthur was absolutely adorable. It was hard not to fall in love with him as he went through so many ordeals for such a small, little boy who had only wanted his teddy bear.
Overall, I would give this movie 3.5 stars. I wouldn’t say it was fantastic, but it wasn’t absolutely horrible either. I’m just glad somebody finally knows how to do an adaption correctly.