The 5th Wave DVD Review

DVD Review by Jon E Clist

The Premise
Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him.

The Review
Okay so let’s just cut to the chase. This is another film in the same vein as The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner and so on. This is a Sci-Fi futuristic, apocalyptic teenage action rom flick. The first half of the film has great intensity and draws you deeply into the key character’s plight. I was superbly surprised how much I was enjoying it, until I wasn’t. Around the hallway mark, it descends into just another film like all the others. With love triangles and overly forced emo drama.

Like the other film franchises that I mentioned, this is based on teenage scifi thriller books. In fact, lead actress Chloë Grace Moretz revealed that she read the novel this movie is based on 3 times. She said that she was very excited to play her favorite character from the book. You might like to know that there are two more books in the series, so the big question will be if this film has done enough at the box office to warrant a continuation.

This film is aimed at teenagers and certainly not adults.

The Verdict
Stuck inside on a rainy weekend? This should be bearable, but keep an umbrella ready in case you need to escape. Unless you’re a teenager and then, it’s the ultimate.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 20th April 2016
Rating: M – Contains violence and offensive language
Duration: 112 minutes 
Genre:  Sci-Fi
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez
Director: J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed)

The Extras
Chloë Grace Moretz was the only actress who auditioned for the part of Cassie.

During filming in Macon, GA, a bus explosion damaged several businesses along Cotton Avenue.

Scenes were filmed on Cotton Avenue in Macon, Georgia which was made to look post-apocalyptic and a little too realistically. Some buildings were damaged by pyrotechnic effects, and residents called the city asking for them to pick up the trash on the streets.


Tye Sheridan, Nick Robinson and Mitchell Hope auditioned for the role of Ben Parish.


In the book Reznik is a guy.