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Published January 28th 2016
This movie will rock your world
Colonel Vosch, The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey, The Infinite Sea, The Last Star
(Image courtesy & copyright Sony Pictures)
The 5th Wave has a lot in common with The Hunger Games and Divergent Ė all were initially released as a trilogy of novels for young adults, feature a heroine as the lead character and have been adapted to film within the sci-fi genre.

Sony Pictures quickly secured the film rights for The 5th Wave trilogy. The 5th Wave is the first novel of the trilogy written by Rick Yancey - the remaining novels are The Infinite Sea (released 16 September 2014) and The Last Star (scheduled to be released on 24 May 2016).

The 5th Wave chronicles the very real day to day struggles of the heroine Cassie and those around her as the world is invaded by aliens in 5 waves.

What drew me in was seeing first hand, and in a very real and believable scenario, the compulsory recruitment and brainwashing of teenagers into soldiers to target and eliminate The Others, with very similar parallels to Hitler's Nazi regime.

The cast works well together - featuring ChloŽ Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass and Carrie) as the heroine and narrative character Cassie Sullivan, Nick Robinson as Ben Parish/Zombie, Alex Roe as the complex Evan Walker, Maika Monroe as independent and street-smart Ringer and Liev Schreiber as the charismatic and seemingly trustworthy Colonel Vosch.

Colonel Vosch, The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey, The Infinite Sea, The Last Star
Liev Schreiber as the charismatic and seemingly trustworthy Colonel Vosch (image courtesy & copyright Sony Pictures)

Rated PG, with a run-time of 112 minutes, The 5th Wave makes for compelling viewing. There's been mixed reviews, many of which are attributed the lack of big budget special effects and inability to fully transpose the characters and story-line from page to screen. From my perspective, all I can say is your time and money will be well spent if you enjoy a story-line with tangible plots and twists.

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Why? Film adaptation of Rick Yancey's 'The 5th Wave' trilogy
When: Released January 14th 2016
Where: In Cinemas
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