While some folks may have had enough of the young adult adaptations, it’s definitely not the worst trend ever to hit Hollywood. If nothing else, a good number of these series seem to have rather compelling premises, and between series like “The Hunger Games” and “The Maze Runner,” the genre has earned some respect among movie fans. But if you thought we were anywhere near the end of this trend, you were oh-so-wrong. The latest in this post-apocalyptic, hot girl, hotter dude genre comes in the form of “The 5th Wave,” a flick based on the bestselling series from writer Rick Yancey.
The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie, a survivor of an ongoing alien invasion from a race that humans are calling “The Others.” For some reason, this race of baddies is looking to wipe out all humans on Earth. Why, exactly? We don’t know for sure, but we do know they seem to want our planet. The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
“In The ‘5th Wave,’ set in the present day, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie meets a young man who may become her final hope.”
Check out the trailer below!
The film is directed by J. Blakeson, and in addition to Chloe Moretz, the film is set to star Maika Monroe (“It Follows”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), and Ron Livingston (“Office Space”).
Admittedly, I’d spent the past couple years passing this book up at my local Barnes & Noble. It looked like another post-apocalyptic zombie story, which is a genre I’ve long since been burnt out on (how “The Walking Dead” franchise continues to gain momentum over at AMC is beyond me). But after checking out this trailer, I’m actually a bit intrigued not only to see the film upon its release, but to check out the source material beforehand. Yes, we’ve also seen plenty of alien invasion tales in our day, but it’s a much less treaded on genre than the zombies, plus it greater potential to go off in unexpected directions. Sure, it looks like it could fall into potentially problematic tropes, but all the same, at this point, I’m intrigued to see where the franchise takes us.
What did you all think? Did this trailer do anything for you, or is just more of the same? Let us know down below!
SOURCE: Sony Pictures