Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.
Yes, there are some powerfully riveting moments and hordes of extremely watchable, athletic youngsters, but director J. Blakeson's film is a paint-by-numbers job that also leaves the ending, predictably, just hanging there.
The 5th Wave plays like a Wayans-brothers spoof of movies based on dystopian Young Adult novels. Seriously, it could have been called YA Movie the way it wallows in all the overly familiar tropes of the genre.