The 5th Wave is a 2016 American science fiction action film directed by J Blakeson, with a screenplay by Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner, based on the novel of the same name by Rick Yancey. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe and Liev Schreiber.
Development began in March 2012, when Sony picked up the film rights to the trilogy, with Graham King‘s production company GK Films and Tobey Maguire‘s Material Pictures. Filming took place in Atlanta, Georgia from October 2014 to January 2015.
The 5th Wave was released on January 22, 2016 in the United States by Columbia Pictures. It received negative reviews from critics, but was a box-office success grossing more than $110 million worldwide on a $35 million budget.
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 each put their weapons down. His hand is under his jacket and as he takes it out, she sees a glint of metal and kills him. He was holding a crucifix and the screen cuts to black to show her backstory.
A city-sized alien spaceship is circling Earth containing extraterrestrials referred to as “The Others.” Ten days later, The Others unleash their 1st Wave, an electromagnetic pulse that permanently destroys all electrical power, including vehicles and causing flying aircraft to fall. The 2nd Wave has The Others manipulate the Earth’s fault lines, causing earthquakes and tsunamis that kill those living in coastal cities. For the 3rd Wave, The Others weaponize a strain of avian flu, using birds as carriers of the virus killing Cassie’s mother.
Cassie, her father and her younger brother, Sam, find a refugee camp in the woods with roughly 300 survivors. A few days later, an army unit with working vehicles rolls into the camp. The unit’s commander, Colonel Vosch, claims there is an imminent threat of a 5th Wave and they will take the children to safety at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, intending to bring the buses back to retrieve the adults. Cassie is separated from Sam, and witnesses the adults being massacred by the army.
Cassie scavenges her way toward the base, but is shot in the leg by an unseen enemy and passes out. A week later, she wakes up in the farmhouse of Evan Walker, who saved her. Cassie leaves towards the base with Evan, but learns that he is an Other, sent years ago as a sleeper agent and merged his consciousness into a human host. The sleepers roam their designated zones, killing human survivors. Evan admits his humanity was reactivated when he saw her, disagrees with the invasion and lets her leave. He warns that Colonel Vosch and the military are possessed by the consciousness of individual Others.
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