Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. —IMDB

For a young adult (YA) movie, THE 5TH WAVE is ok. Chloë Grace Moretz, who plays the lead role as Cassie Sullivan, is excellent and is possibly to only reason to watch it. The story is pretty cliched and predictable although there were a couple of twists that surprised me. The romantic element is cheesy and would have been better left out of the plot altogether. The movie takes itself pretty seriously with little (if any) humour. There’s some action but not enough and what there is is also pretty cliched. The story lags in the middle — the best sequence is the opening one. The special effects are adequate but are somewhat clunky. THE 5TH WAVE comes nowhere near the quality of something like The Hunger Games but is clearly trying to fill this space now that series is done and dusted. If you’re a YA with nothing better to do, this one might entertain you a bit. But don’t expect too much.