The 5th Wave

Theatrical Release: January 22, 2016
The 5th Wave


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.

Dove Review

“The 5th Wave” is another alien invasion movie, but this one has a unique take, and it involves the children of Earth. Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a high school girl who lives in Ohio with her parents, Oliver and Lisa (Ron Livingston and Maggie Siff), and her brother, Sam (Zackary Arthur). She mentions her last normal day at the start of the film. Sure enough, after the alien invasion, her life dramatically changes and nothing will ever seem normal for her again.

Her life goes from liking a boy to dealing with aliens invading Earth. The aliens attack in waves. The first wave involves electromagnetic pulses, which disable the communication and transportation systems of Earth. The second wave features natural disasters, the third wave is a deadly virus transmitted by birds (bird flu), and the fourth wave is the alien species taking over human bodies. Finally, without giving the fifth wave away entirely, it involves the aliens using the children. Along the way, Cassie and Sam are separated, and she searches for him with the help of a young man named Evan Walker (Alex Roe). Cassie takes a liking to him, and he feels the same about her. But can he be trusted?

Based on the book by Rick Yancey, the film features a lot of action sequences, including battle scenes, and a bit of romance, as well as the children’s power to make a difference in saving the world. Regrettably, the movie contains content that falls outside our Dove guidelines, including language, violence and drug content (underage drinking). Therefore, we are unable to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Couple kissing; young man and woman sleeping in car together, hiding from aliens; husband and wife lying in bed together; a young man stares at girl's rear, and she makes a comment about it; a girl texts her friend that she should have "end of world sex" with a young man she likes.
Language: G/OMG-11; J-2; F-1; BS-1; S-6; H-2; A-4; Dumba*s-1; S*rew you-1; Slang for testicles-1; Geez-1
Violence: A lot of scenes of violence, including shootings, and people die, although the film shows relatively little blood in most of the scenes; a mass shooting inside a hangar; girl sees her dad's dead body and he has his eyes open; a kid is shot; various characters hold guns on each other; a young man is shot because a girl thought he was reaching for a weapon, but it is a crucifix and blood is on it; girl is shot in leg and blood is visible; corpses on the ground; body bags containing bodies are on the ground; two women struggle, and one woman's neck is broken; trackers are placed inside several kids, and as a few of them have them pulled out, some blood is shown; girl smacks man's hand; explosions and fires; a gas tank is set on fire and explodes, and a building explodes; floods.
Drugs: People with IVs; a mention of drugs not killing aliens; underage drinking at a party with high school students.
Nudity: Shirtless men and young men in shorts; girls in shorts; young woman's thigh is visible as a leg wound is treated.
Other: Many kids lose their parents as a result of an alien invasion; tension between characters; betrayal; death and grief.


Company: Sony/Columbia
Writer: Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Novel by Rick Yancey
Director: J Blakeson
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 112 min.
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter