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The 5th Wave

Summary: Based on the hit novel by Rick Yancey The 5th Wave sees teenager Cassie Sullivan’s (Chloe Grace Moretz) world get turned upside overnight. One moment she is your typical partying High School student who has a crush on classmate Ben Parish (Nick Robinson) and the next moment everything changes as an alien race known as The Others begin four waves of attack on Earth.

Soon Cassie finds herself in a desperate bid to survive while trying to find her brother, Sam (Zackary Arthur) who has become separated from her and is now in the so-called safe hands of the military. But Cassie knows that nobody or nowhere is safe anymore and she will do anything to get back to her brother.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th January 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: J Blakeson

Screenwriter: Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Rick Yancey (novel)

Cast: Zackary Arthur (Sam Sullivan), Cade Conan Ball (Oompa), Talitha Bateman (Teacup), Michael Beasley (Major Bob), Maria Bello (Sergeant Reznik), Bailey Ann Borders (Julia), Faneal Godbold (Trooper Fay), Nadji Jeter (Poundcake), Adam C. Johnson (Sergeant Webb), Scott Ledbetter (Officer Henry), Charman Lee (Ms. Paulson), Ron Livingston (Oliver Sullivan), Gabriela Lopez (Lizbeth), Alex MacNicoll (Flintstone), Flynn McHugh (Tank), Maika Monroe (Ringer), Chloe Grace Moretz (Cassie Sullivan), Johnny Otto (Dr. Osborne), Tony Revolori (Dumbo), Derek Roberts (Private Barker), Alex Roe (Evan Walker), Nick Robinson (Ben Parish/Zombie), Liev Schreiber (Colonel Vosch), Terry Serpico (Hutchfield), Maggie Siff (Lisa Sullivan), Parker Wierling (Jeremy)

Runtime: 112 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR THE 5th WAVE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner – there’s been no shortage of teen utopian flicks coming out the last few years and now there is a new kid in the playground – The 5th Wave, and boy does this kid have some bite. The 5th Wave doesn’t mess around, as some unsuspecting parents discovered in the screening I was in when they had to rush their kids from the cinemas after Chloe Grace Moretz gets shotgun friendly within the opening moments of the film. Yes this film’s a winner, but I just wish I’d had a better and longer time to get to know the characters.

Don’t get me wrong The 5th Wave delivers on all cylinders, in fact it has everything that a movie like this needs. The problem is that the story and the characters are so interesting I wanted to spend longer in their world. Instead of a two hour movie I would much rather have seen Cassie and her family put through trials for a longer period of time and had this become a television series that I could enjoy alongside The Walking Dead and Under The Dome. The first four waves of the attack happen so quickly in the film it seems the only way to do it true justice would be to have it happen over two or three seasons of a show.

Still credit needs to be paid to The 5th Wave as a film. Director J. Blakeson knows how to deliver suspense, he did it by the bucket loads in the haunting The Disappearance Of Alice Creed and here he teams up with a talented screenwriting team that among others features the talented Akiva Goldsman (yes the genius that brought us I Am Legend). Together these two set about making this film enjoyable for the same reason we loved Maze Runner… because they don’t hold back and as a result the story is more believable. Believability was really on their side as Cassie isn’t based in some far off world, her world is our world just with some alien attackers added. Blakeson and co then brilliantly have her face decisions that many of us would struggle to comprehend and the result is a film that has you on the edge of your seat throughout. Once the twists and turns start occurring in the plot you never know what is going to happen next.

The other thing that makes The 5th Wave work so well is that all the characters are relatable. Cassie isn’t your superhero archetype, instead she is the girl next door who suddenly finds herself having to fight for survival. Her instinct of wanting to protect her family is something that we all identify with and the audience very quickly finds themself ‘barracking’ for her. Sadly that same feeling takes a bit longer to generate with Ben as he missing for a huge part of the middle area of the film… still he is likable enough for it to come back and it would have been nice to have been able to spend more time getting to know him as a character.

The well written script and good direction from Blakeson also allows the young stars to shine. Chloe Grace Moretz is her usual stand-out best but unlike her role in Kick-Ass we do get to see a much softer side to her this time around as well. She is well supported by Nick Robinson and also Alex Roe who both announce themselves as stars of the future. A gruff performance by Liev Schreiber is also worth mentioning as he is at his menacing best.

One of the saddest things about writing this review is that I can’t tell you the real reason for why I loved The 5th Wave so much and that is for the twisted elements that exist due to the film’s plot turns and revelations. The 5th Wave is a good action sci-fi that has a little more bite than some would predict. Easy-to-warm-to-characters and an interesting storyline means the audience quickly feels part of this new world… so now we can only hope that this spins off into franchise so we can spend a little more time watching Cassie and co go up against The Others. Bring on number 2 please.
Stars(3.5)

 

 

Greg King:

You can listen to Greg’s The 5th Wave review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #161

Stars(3)

 

 

Nick Gardener:

You can listen to Nick’s The 5th Wave review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #161

Stars(2.5)

 

 

Sam Gironda:

The 5th Wave, Directed by J Blakeson is a film adaptation from the popular novel written by Rick Yancey.

Chloë Grace Moretez (Cassie Sullivan) is the star of the film accompanied by a variety of young actors. Nick Robinson (Ben Parish), Alex Roe (Evan Walker), Zackary Arthur (Sam Sullivan) and Maika Monroe (Ringer) all play leading roles in the film.

The 5th Wave is the story of an alien race, known as The Others, coming to Earth and trying to claim the planet as their own. The Others attack Earth in a series of waves. The 1st Wave, lights out. All electrical appliances and vehicles are terminated from being able to be used by mankind. The 2nd Wave, Surfs Up. This wave involved tsunamis and flooding to occur all over the world and killing millions. The 3rd Wave, Pestilence. The Others increased the effects of the bird flu and infected the whole planet ridding Earth of those who were left, those who caught it at least. The 4th Wave, They Arrive. In this wave The Others come to Earth in human form and try to gather up the last remaking human’s by impersonating the Army. The 5th Wave… This is what the whole film is based around. Trying to stop the 5th wave from happening.

During the film I loved the acting by some of the cast members and I loved the aspect that Humans are so delicate and vulnerable to so many things and how the aliens used our vulnerabilities to kill us. The story itself was a good story. I felt as though it was dragging on a little bit towards the middle of the film but that’s just my personal opinion. Once a few plot twists were presented to the audience things really picked up in my opinion. Being the School holidays this is a great film to take the whole family to. Action, drama and romance are all included writhing the film so I think there should be an aspect of the film that everyone will enjoy.

Stars(2)

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: The 5th Wave (2016) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment The 5th Wave reviews: You can listen to our full The 5th Wave  review on a The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #161. You can also read our The 5th Wave review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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The 5th Wave

Sony Pictures have just released a brand new clip from the forthcoming film The 5th Wave. In this clip Colonel Vosch (Liev Schrieber) addresses a group of survivors following three devastating attacks on Earth. The 4th wave has begun.

The 5th Wave is directed by J Blakeson and stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe and Liev Schreiber. It is released in Australia cinemas on 14th January, 2016.

You can view the new The 5th Wave clip below.

 

Drinking Buddies

Summary: Luke (Jake Johnson) and Kate (Olivia Wilde) are colleagues at a microbrewery whose flirtation-riddled friendship oozes chemistry. With both in relationships – Luke with Jill (Anna Kendrick) and Kate with Chris (Ron Livingston) – an overnight beach trip for the foursome becomes a tipping point.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Joe Swanberg

Screenwriter: Joe Swanberg

Cast: Mike Brune (Mike), Jim Cibak (Jim), Jake Johnson (Luke), Anna Kendrick (Jill), Ron Livingston (Chris), Frank V. Ross (Frank), Callie Stephens (Callie), Jason Sudeikis (Gene Dentler), Alicia Van Couvering (Amy), Ti West (Dave), Olivia Wilde (Kate), Michael Zeller (Eli)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification:M

OUR DRINKING BUDDIES REVIEWS & RATINGS

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Drinking Buddies’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Drinking Buddies (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Drinking Buddies′: Please check our Drinking Buddies review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 63.

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Drinking Buddies

A new featurette for the forthcoming ‘Drinking Buddies’ has just been released

Luke and Kate are co-workers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting…

Cast:
Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston

Director:
Joe Swanberg

The Good The Bad The Ugly

This week on the show Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films ‘The Odd Life Of Timothy Green’, ‘The Sunset Six’, ‘Happiness Never Comes Alone’, ‘Sinister’, ‘A Haunted House’ and of course The Great Gatsby’. This episode also features interviews with Ethan Hawke, Leonardo DiCaprio, Baz Luhrmann, Tobey Maguire, Jennifer Garner, Peter Hedges, Rosemarie DeWitt, CJ Adams, Ahmet Zappa, Joel Edgerton, Scott Sanders, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Livingstone. The boys also take a look at what horror movies you need to see as they celebrate the launch of Cultrastrophe on Friday nights at Cinema Nova.

To listen to the show you can download it for free here – http://www.mediafire.com/folder/f7rfo4f8yv1uv/The_Good_The_Bad_The_Ugly_Film_Show_Ep34

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green

Summary: Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim – and their small town of Stanleyville – learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd May, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Peter Hedges

Screenwriter: Peter Hedges, Ahmet Zappa

Cast: CJ Adams (Timothy Green), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Evette Onat), Michael Arden (Doug Wert), Patrick Brouder (Dash Best), Susan Bruce (Molly Frohn), Common (Coach Cal), Sharon Conley (Principal Morrison), Steve Coulter (Charlie Frohn), Chan Creswell (Billy Crudstaff), Jason Davis (Bart Best), Rosemarie DeWitt (Brenda Best), Joel Edgerton (Jim Green), Jay Freer (Coach Bob Francesconi), Jennifer Garner (Cindy Green), Lucy Gebhardt (Bethany Best), Rhoda Griffis (Doctor Lesley Hunt), Tim Guinee (Marty Rader (voice)), William J. Harrison (Bobby Crudstaff), Ron Livingston (Franklin Crudstuff), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Reggie), David Morse (James Green Snr.), Shaun O’Banion (Alan Rust (voice)), Dorothy King Peterson (Trixie Crudstaff), James Rebhorn (Joseph Crudstuff), Odeya Rush (Joni Jerome), Kendall Ryan Sanders (Rod Best), Lois Smith (Aunt Mel), Josey Cuthrell Tuttleman (Lily), M. Emmet Walsh (Unlce Bub), Tim Ware (Mayor Handelman), Dianne Wiest (Mrs. Bernice Crudstaff)

Runtime: 105 mins

Classification:G

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN’:

David Griffiths: Stars(4)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘The Odd Life Of Timothy Green’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel.

Greg King: Stars(3.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘The Odd Life Of Timothy Green’ that is available in Episode #34 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(4)
IMDB Rating: The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Odd Life Of Timothy Green′: Check Episode #34 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘The Odd Life Of Timothy Green’.

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