The 5th Wave (Sci-Fi) Trailer Feat. Chloë Grace Moretz, Liev Schreiber
In the new film The 5th Wave, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.
The 5th Wave is a 2013 young adult science fiction novel by Rick Yancey, the first installment in a trilogy. Critics have compared the book favorably to The Hunger Games and The Road, and noted that it “should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires.” Sony Pictures plan a film adaptation scheduled for a January 2016 release.
The 5th Wave follows 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan as she tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of alien invasion that have already decimated the population and knocked humankind back to the Stone Age. As one of Earth’s last survivors, Cassie is left with just herself and has to learn the hard way to trust no one. Throughout Cassie narrates the whole story as she writes it in her journal. While at high school she had a crush on a popular football player Ben Parish. The Waves were planned attacks used by the Others in their attempt to take over planet Earth.
First Wave: Lights Out: During the first wave the Others release an EMP wave that takes out all electronics and kills a half a million people.
Second wave: Surf’s Up: The Others, realizing that roughly 40 percent of Earth’s population lives within sixty miles of coastline, drop enormous objects “twice as tall as the Empire State Building and three times as heavy” (45) onto the Earth’s fault lines, causing massive tsunamis that wipe out three billion people.
Third wave: Pestilence: the Others launch a scheme to infect as many remaining survivors as possible with a deadly virus. Using the Earth’s birds as carriers (via falling excrement) the plague claims 97 percent of remaining survivors. The virus, which resembles an advanced form of Ebola, causes victims to slowly bleed to death until eventually “you’ve become a viral bomb. And when you explode, you blast everyone around you with the virus” (46).
Fourth wave: Silencers: After the 3rd wave the remaining human population tries desperately to survive off whatever resources remain, all the while clinging to the hope that “the people in charge”, wherever they may be, are working toward a solution. Eventually this belief seems legitimate when an impressive battalion of soldiers (with functioning vehicles) arrives at the makeshift camp that Cassie, Sam and her father are staying at. The soldiers and commander, however, only appear interested in the children and promptly load them onto waiting buses before ordering all the adults into the camp barracks. Once the humans are surrounded, Commander Vosch orders a massacre and kills everyone at the camp. Cassie, however, narrowly escapes and witnesses her father’s death by Vosch’s hand. At this moment the 4th wave becomes clear: not all humans are actually humans.
Fifth wave: The children captured during the 4th wave are taken to the Other’s primary Earth military compound and are desocialized and then resocialized to execute one goal: kill the remaining human population. This is accomplished through a rigorous boot camp in which children, some as young as five years old, are issued weapons and are expected to follow orders given by commanding officers (who the children have no idea are not human). During boot camp the Others convince the children that the “aliens” have taken over human bodies and it is paramount that they (the children) eradicate them. In essence, the captured children are the 5th wave.