Earth, it seems, is always under attack. Our tiny planet, so distant from the rest of the galaxy, has faced onslaught after onslaught of devastating natural disasters, nuclear attacks, and alien invasions. If movies are to be believed, humanity is a species ripe for genocide living on a planet that’s equally ripe for resource draining. This January, our world faces a most-efficient extermination attempt at the hands of our alien foes when The 5th Wave hits theaters.
Starring Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass 1 & 2), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Maika Monroe (It Follows), Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), and Ron Livingston (Boardwalk Empire, The Conjuring), The 5th Wave follows a group of survivors trying their best in a world that has been beset by four waves of deadly attacks from a vicious alien force – even as the invaders begin enacting their fifth and final push to take over our planet.
Based on the popular young adult (YA) sci-fi novel series of the same name by Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave was adapted for the big screen by Oscar-nominee Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich, The Soloist) and directed by J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed).
Sony Pictures officially unveiled the 5th Wave trailer today, giving audiences their first glimpse of the world depicted in the film in all its gritty, post-apocalyptic glory. Humanity, struggling to survive, bands together in an uplifting attempt to show the invading forces what we’re made of. You can check out the trailer, above.
The trailer makes 5th Wave seem rather droll and unoriginal, which is kind of a shame. The series’ premise is solid enough – and who doesn’t love a good alien invasion story? Nonetheless, the trailer footage packs in one familiar trope after another to create a veritable mountain of what is now generally considered generic YA post-apocalyptic entertainment. (Worldwide blackout? Check. Leveling of major metropolitan areas? Check. Deadly virus? Check. Unfathomable devastation? Check.) Such is the price of 5th Wave making it to the big screen following after similar genre fare, such as The Maze Runner.
Still, the cast is solid enough, and while Grant’s resume is relatively limited, she does occasionally knock it out of the park with her scripts. It could be that the 5th Wave marketing team is just trying to tap into the YA sci-fi demographic the wrong way – showing what they think everyone will want to see. Then again, 5th Wave‘s mid-January release date isn’t encouraging, given that month’s notoriety as a dumping ground for weaker movies. Fans of Yancey’s books will still hope for the best, but the next trailer will have to do a better job of selling this film to everyone else.
The 5th Wave is set to open in U.S. theaters on January 15, 2016.
Source: Sony Pictures