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The 5th Wave Movie Review

Well, jeez. Apparently my 2016 theme is the apocalypse and post-apocalyptic survival. Last month the focus was The Walking Dead. This month, four days in, I’ve finally watched Mad Max: Fury Road and The 5th Wave. (While, yeah. I’m frankly just waiting for TWD to return.) Both movies were good. However, I really enjoyed The 5th Wave.

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Short summary of The 5th Wave (via Google search):

“The human race stands on the brink of extinction as a series of alien attacks decimate the planet, causing earthquakes, tsunamis and disease. Separated from her family, Ohio teenager Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz) will do whatever it takes to reunite with her brother Sam. Fate leads her to form an alliance with Evan Walker (Alex Roe), a mysterious young man who may be her last hope. Forced to trust each other, Cassie and Evan fight for survival during the fifth assault from the invaders.”

With a quick glance at the Rotten Tomatoes score of the movie (Critics: 16%, Audience: 48%), I actually don’t get it. The plot was decent: it had a good pace and the logic made sense. The movie wasn’t horribly predictable either. Maybe there were a few cliches, but, hey, cliches are going to happen in some form, in every story. You can’t avoid them. The acting was phenomenal, the movie had it’s tense moments, and the book itself (I read the first couple pages via Kindle tonight) is very well written… a lot better than other YA novels that are getting screen time.

One of the reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes blames the lack of interest in The 5th Wave on the over-saturation of the YA market right now. While I do recognize that a lot of ads, TV shows, movies, and books seem to target the young adult market, I don’t think that’s 100% the reason why people aren’t as interested in The 5th Wave. I honestly was half-and-half about seeing the movie because, simply, aliens have been done–over, and over, and over again. Since the 1950s when The Day the Earth Stood Still and War of the Worlds classics released, Earth has had their imaginations looking upwards.

Storytellers of varying eras have thrown every alien, post-apocalyptic conspiracy at their audiences. Remember how I talked about cliches? Well alien horror movies could, arguably, be a subclause of trope themselves. Just like zombies, haunted houses, romantic encounters, and murder mysteries.

It’s our job as storytellers to come up with new ways of telling a familiar story. And Rick Yancey has done it with his series.

For example, the concept itself of “Waves” is very intriguing. Like, yes. They’ve been seen before. However, these attacks haven’t been seen together (as far as I know: I haven’t viewed every apocalyptic story). At the very least, the thought of multiple attacks from a group of Beings hell-bent on destroying our species is enough to get the adrenaline going.

I definitely do suggest checking out The 5th Wave. I’m not sure that I’ll go out and get the novels right away, mainly because I have so many books to catch up on and I’m stubborn. But when viewing the trailer, my “Movie Geek Sixth Sense” tingled. It’s a great ride.

Check out The 5th Wave trailer:

Honestly, I think I’ll keep on this pattern and watch The Road next. Maybe. I’ve heard it’s good though. This is all a secret way to bide time until The Walking Dead comes on V-day. Hah!

What apocalyptic stories do you friends suggest? Comment below!

Have a great week, friends and fans! I’ll see you on Friday with the next installment to my Transformers series!

Favorite TV: TWD!

My opinion of The Walking Dead? Wow. Just wow.

A few weeks ago mom and I were stuck in the house, sick with terrible chest colds. I had caught up with all of my TV shows, finished reading Welcome to Night Vale: The Novel (which was brilliant and nostalgic and–ahhh feels!), and was blazing a trail through the Crimson Peak novel. Soon, I was looking for something new to watch. And what was already on my Amazon video account? The Walking Dead.

I had started watching season one a year or two ago (when I was also sick) but stopped the show mainly because I got better and distracted with other things. So, this time around I started TWD at the end of season one… and down the rabbit hole I went.

Over the last three weeks, I’ve binged seasons one through six and am now on my way to watching Fear The Walking Dead (the prequel). I’ve gone from casual interest to mild anticipation to complete fangirl. And for the past couple days, I really wondered: “Why? Why am I so obsessed with this show?” I mean, yeah, Daryl’s my favorite character; he’s a complete badass, yet has a soft, meaningful side. Rick is a pretty strong leader: he makes hard choices, is a great dad, and has a spectacularly precise aim (also he looks like my brother Donnie and shares his name with my brother Rick).

Still, why was I almost drooling over my laptop at the merest possibility of news about the show? Why was I reading fanfic after fanfic, into the early, early morning? I’m not usually a fan of zombies, and am becoming increasingly picky when it comes to post-apocalyptic storylines. But here I was, obsessed with The Walking Dead.

The answers clicked as I explained the show to mom over eggs, biscuits, and coffee this morning. First, the show is realistic: when you feel a character is going to die, they probably will die. As a fan of some action movies (*cough* Transformers *cough*), I do like watching the stunts characters pull. However, I also know that said daredevil feats, if applied to real life, would probably end in death. TWD has a way of putting you on edge, making you mentally plead: “Oh no, they certainly wouldn’t kill this character! He’s a good man and has to stick around for his family!” And then, with one clean stroke, the character’s gone.

(Sidenote, TWD is almost opposite of Supernatural with their deaths: characters that die typically stay dead. Although both TV shows are well-written, this is an interesting, fresh, draw to AMC’s hit.) TWD, furthermore, deals with harsh truths. At one point, early in the show, a character becomes pregnant and she actually considers aborting the baby due to the terrifying world they now live in. I found myself relating. Even though I would never choose to abort a baby, I could honestly see myself considering it just as she did, if I were in a post-apocalyptic world myself.

That brings me to the second reason why I love The Walking Dead: the characters are well written. They’re complex. Grey. There is no clear division between right and wrong, black or white, good vs evil. Even with season three’s villain, The Governor, who wrecked so much havoc on Rick and his group, I didn’t 100% hate him because he was relatable. He wanted his zombified daughter to be cured with every fiber of his being that when Michonne killed her, he literally went insane. Again, I could see the same happening to me if I was in a similar situation.

Everyone has a story, everyone has a darkness to them. Even Daryl had his moments when I was cursing him. Especially in 4×12’s “Still” when he drunkenly raged at Beth. His character is one of the few I am actively excited to see develop. In season 1 he started as a stereotypical hillbilly; a younger child in the shadow of his asshole big brother, Merle. When Merle disappeared from the show, Daryl connected with the group he was with and became a stronger, courageous hero with a messed-up past. He’s even been a great leader at times when Rick was unable to carry everyone due to his mental anguish. Daryl is a loner but a loyal companion and if I ever find myself in a zombie apocalypse, I hope he’s right by my side.

(Here’s hoping I won’t though.)

Check out one of my favorite Daryl scenes:

Daryl vs Tank:

All in all, I fully suggest watching The Walking Dead. It has kickass action sequences, dramatic moments that will melt a cold heart, and a great, devoted cast, crew, and fanbase that, I hope, will keep going for years to come. Robert Kirkman, author of TWD comics, just… wow. I honestly hope to create something as great as this myself. Bravo!

For further Walking Dead ambiance, I think this fan video (not mine) best explains the atmosphere of the show:

Best Scenes of TWD (spoilers ahead!):

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Personal updates: with us now in the throes of 2016, I’m implementing a posting schedule that is working really well.

  • Sundays: Promos/trailers masterpost via my blog (here) – where I gather a collection of movies and TV promos premiering every week.
  • Mondays: Media Mondays via my YouTube channel – a discussion series on pop culture news, TV shows, movies, and reviews. Come fangirl with me!
  • Wednesdays: New blog posts via my blog – on random topics.
  • Fridays: New fanfics! via my blog, Tumblr, and Fanfiction.net – while most new fanfiction posts will be with my Transformers series, I do have some oneshots I will throw out here and there.

This is the skeleton I’ll be following, although look out for unexpected reviews, posts, and other treats during the week too! I’m excited to be bringing all this content to you guys and gals!

Also, if you missed it, here’s Media Mondays 2: Let the Fangirling Commence! Where I FANGIRL over Mark Pellegrino’s Lucifer, 1940’s/50’s Hollywood in Agent Carter, and how well written Blackbeard is in Black Sails

So consider me a “walker”, fellow Walking Dead fans (is that the fandom name? If not, let me know in the comments!) What are your favorite Walking Dead scenes? Characters?

Tonight is also Supernatural night, Hunters! Are you excited to see more of Casifer? I sure am!

Catch the promo here:

Catch you in the next post, fangirls and fanboys! Let your geek reign!

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