The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1) by Rick YanceyAfter the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, its the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earths last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassies only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
Book Vs. Movie: The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave
Filming took place in Atlanta, Georgia from October to January Ohio high-schooler Cassie Sullivan , armed with an M4 carbine , emerges from the woods to raid an abandoned gas station. Upon entering, she hears a male voice calling for help. She finds a wounded man, who points a gun at her, but they ask each put their weapons down. His other hand is under his jacket and as he takes it out, she sees a glint of metal and kills him thinking he was holding a gun, but he was holding a Christian cross and the screen cuts to black to show her backstory. A colossal alien spaceship is circling Earth, guided by extraterrestrials referred to as "The Others".
Close-ups of Moretz's terrified face predominate throughout. Cassie's voiceover then kicks in, informing us that before all this, she was a "normal" teenage girl. Those words are a betrayal of the character Rick Yancey created in his popular YA series. There's nothing "normal" about Cassie in the book, but onscreen, Moretz hasn't been given a character she can sink her teeth into. Cassie onscreen never comes to life, and without Cassie, the film doesn't come to life either. Even the most primal scenes mass executions, family reunions, goodbyes , are ho-hum.
In the present day, Ohio teenager Cassie Sullivan Chloe Grace Moretz does what modern young people do: drink beer at unsupervised house parties, moon over boys — in this case, oblivious high-school football heartthrob Ben Parish Nick Robinson — dote on her little brother Sam Zackary Arthur , and banter with her laid-back father, Oliver Ron Livingston. Showing up at a refugee camp in the woods, Cassie, Sam and Oliver are just in time for the arrival of Vosch Liev Schreiber , a take-charge military colonel who orders the children bused to Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the adults to the camp meeting hall. What happens next is chaotic but necessarily inevitable, leaving Cassie alone and on the run with a scavenged M and a determination to rescue Sam from the base. She wakes up in the rustic cabin of Evan Walker Alex Roe , a Chris Pine-ish hunk who insists on accompanying her but seems to be harboring a secret of his own. Key players in this sequence include the tough-as-nails Goth teen warrior Ringer Maika Monroe , the composite character Sgt. Reznik Maria Bello in a thankless role , and a clutch of frighteningly young soldiers whose mission is not what it seems. Yet with two films left in the trilogy, the filmmakers still have the time and opportunity to get this quality material better than right.