Rental Review: The Fifth Wave

Do you know what's worse than the plague of remakes that Hollywood has been force feeding us for years? When a handful of Young Adult novels become best-sellers and producers take on every single YA book they can find (which, apparently all have the same storyline: teens need to fight for their lives against oppressive adults).

Even if there is literally nothing new about this film, I still sat down today and gave it a chance. Then I had to watch it again because I wasn't able to pay attention to it the first time. So, here goes nothing:

Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Cassie, a teenager who finds herself running for her lives from... well... basically alien body snatchers. As the title suggests, there are waves of alien attacks, each claiming more lives of the people surrounding Cassie.

And then the Twilight-style love triangle begins.

I think the worst part of this film is the nonending, either just failing to resolve the story or leaving the room open for a sequel (please, god no). To be fair, I have not read the book series that The Fifth Wave is based on so I'm not sure how true to the book it is (the sequels are titled "The Infinite Sea" and the soon to be released "The Last Star").

Note to studio: Please, save your time and energy as the interest in Hunger Games/Twilight/Divergent style trilogies is waning and you're really just torturing movie reviewers like myself.

Listen, I totally realize that I'm not within the target audience for this movie. I do appreciate the "strong female" push that's been happening (i.e., The Hunger Games, The Divergent Series, etc.). I really liked Moretz but at this point, in my opinion, she hasn't found a role that really shows her range as an actress.

You can fight with me until you're blue in the face that Kick Ass was awesome (and I'm not arguing that) and If I Stay was heartbreaking (still not arguing that), but I feel like she's so blasé about her delivery that she could have just phoned in her roles. Any, you know, maybe it's just me and the disconnect at being probably 15 years older than her target demographic.

I am not slamming Moretz whatsoever; I want to like Moretz, I really do. I just think she might need a new agent.

I was as generous as I could be with my rating. Have you watched The Fifth Wave? Do you agree? Let me know in the comments