‘The 5th Wave’ Trailer: Chloe Moretz Does the Dystopian Young Adult Thing
Dystopian future? Check. A fight for survival? Check. A young woman protagonist caught in a love triangle? Must be a dystopian YA adaptation. Though you may find this incredibly difficult to believe (sit down if needed), Chloe Moretz has yet to star in a YA movie of her very own. That’s about to change with The 5th Wave, the new film based on Rick Yancey’s popular and highly-acclaimed YA novel, which is — wait for it — the first in a trilogy.
Moretz stars as a young woman living in a not-too-distant future in which aliens have taken over the planet in “waves” and wiped out almost everyone. The first trailer (via The Playlist) details each of these waves: there’s the removal of electricity, destruction of our landscapes and buildings, an unstoppable disease, and invasion. Along with a couple of attractive young men, she endeavors to rescue her younger brother and survive the fifth wave.
It sounds and looks like a very typical attempt to follow more successful YA franchises like The Hunger Games and Divergent, and it seems like something Moretz should have done five years ago — not now. Filmmakers often struggle to utilize her particular skill set well, so it’s always a bummer to see Moretz in roles that feel a bit beneath her capabilities.
In any case, The 5th Wave is coming.
In The 5th Wave, set in the present day, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie meets a young man who may become her final hope.