“The 5th Wave” is another alien invasion movie, but this one has a unique take, and it involves the children of Earth. Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a high school girl who lives in Ohio with her parents, Oliver and Lisa (Ron Livingston and Maggie Siff), and her brother, Sam (Zackary Arthur). She mentions her last normal day at the start of the film. Sure enough, after the alien invasion, her life dramatically changes and nothing will ever seem normal for her again.
Her life goes from liking a boy to dealing with aliens invading Earth. The aliens attack in waves. The first wave involves electromagnetic pulses, which disable the communication and transportation systems of Earth. The second wave features natural disasters, the third wave is a deadly virus transmitted by birds (bird flu), and the fourth wave is the alien species taking over human bodies. Finally, without giving the fifth wave away entirely, it involves the aliens using the children. Along the way, Cassie and Sam are separated, and she searches for him with the help of a young man named Evan Walker (Alex Roe). Cassie takes a liking to him, and he feels the same about her. But can he be trusted?
Based on the book by Rick Yancey, the film features a lot of action sequences, including battle scenes, and a bit of romance, as well as the children’s power to make a difference in saving the world. Regrettably, the movie contains content that falls outside our Dove guidelines, including language, violence and drug content (underage drinking). Therefore, we are unable to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.