The 5th Wave is a 2016 American science fiction thriller film, directed by J Blakeson, with a screenplay by Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner, based on the novel of the same name by Rick Yancey. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe and Liev Schreiber.
Development began in March 2012, when Sony picked up the film rights to the trilogy, with Graham King’s production company GK Films and Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures. Filming took place in Atlanta, Georgia from October 2014 to January 2015.
The 5th Wave was released on January 22, 2016 in the United States by Columbia Pictures. It received negative reviews from critics, but was a moderate box-office success and has grossed more than $109 million worldwide.
Teenager Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz), armed with an assault rifle, enters an abandoned gas station. While searching the store, she hears a man, who points a gun at her. Cassie asks to see both the stranger’s hands but the stranger refuses because of his injuries and Cassie subsequently shoots and kills him and he is revealed to be unarmed.
Cassie’s backstory commences at her family home, where the news reports a city-sized hovering object over their home in Ohio, which contains invading extraterrestrials referred to as “The Others”. Ten days later the invaders permanently disable all electrical power on Earth with an EMP, which disables all electronics, including telecommunications and most vehicles this is the first wave. The Second Wave sees The Others causing massive tsunamis to kill those living in coastal cities. While at a refuge location, Cassie and her younger brother are in an area struck by an earthquake and a flood, yet they escape unharmed.
For the third wave, the invaders weaponize a strain of avian flu using 300 billion birds as carriers of the virus. Cassie then reunites with her mother who works at a flu victim care facility, but her mother has her leave. Cassie’s mother later dies from the flu and is buried by the Sullivan family.
In search of a safe community, Cassie leaves home with her father and brother and stumbles upon a refugee camp in the woods. A few days later, an army unit with working vehicles rolls into the camp and places all of the children on a bus. The Colonel leading the unit claims that there is an imminent threat to the camp and that they want to take everyone to the military base. Due to the limited amount of buses, their priority is to take the children to a safe place before coming back for the adults. As the children get on the bus, Sam tells Cassie he left his bear behind and Cassie goes to get it. Unfortunately, while she is getting the bear, the bus leaves without her. Cassie gets separated from Sam, and she watches as her father and the other adult survivors are massacred by the army after being told they would never see their children again.