MOVIE REVIEW: The 5th Wave

I had one goal to accomplish before Blizzard Jonas hit my town: see The 5th Wave. So late at night, the eve of the big storm, that’s exactly what I did.

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If you’ve read the book, you know the story follows Cassie Sullivan as she tries to survive an alien invasion that is wiping out humanity in waves. After losing her mother in the 3rd wave and her father in the 4th, Cassie is determined to reunite with her little brother, no matter what the 5th wave might bring.┬áBut when you can trust exactly no one, how do you survive?

As someone who absolutely loved this book (I gave it an immediate 5 stars on Goodreads) it was hard not to notice the changes from the book. And as with all book to film adaptations (especially when the book is almost 500 pages!), there were certainly some changes. The movie starts at a slightly different place and the reasoning behind certain actions were changed. There were three main changes that really stood out to me. Like in many other adaptations, none of these changes affected the meaning behind the story (with one understandable exception). And in the end, isn’t the feel of the story the part that matters?

Like in the book, Cassie is still fierce and independent, Ben is struggling to lead children to fight in a war he doesn’t understand, Sammy is just adorable, Ringer is unstoppable, and Evan is… well, I’m not going to get into Evan’s character right now. All of the actors embraced their characters, leaving no question that they were fighting for their lives and the truth.

If you’ve read and loved the book, you should definitely see this movie. If you haven’t read it, you should do that, THEN see the movie (I’m always a “read it first” girl!). It may not have been perfect, but it had the major elements of the book and definitely took us on an adventure.

What are you waiting for? Go see Cassie!

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