THE 5TH WAVE Gets a January 2016 Release Date

     July 15, 2014


We’ve got our Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Moretz), Ben Parish (Nick Robinson) and Evan Walker (Alex Roe), and now a teaser image has revealed The 5th Wave release date, too.  Sony Pictures just showed off the new art, which is basically the cover of Rick Yancey’s book, but with “Coming to Theaters 1/29/16” right at the bottom of it.

Before the story in the book begins, there was the 1st wave during which an electromagnetic pulse knocked out all the power.  During the 2nd wave, “The Others” triggered a tsunami that wiped out over 40 percent of the world’s population within 60 miles of a coastline.  For the 3rd wave, it was a virus transmitted via birds that eliminated roughly 97 percent of those who made it through the 2nd wave and the 4th is all about figuring out who to trust and Cassie’s rule is simply, don’t trust anyone.  Trouble is, now there’s a chance her little brother, Sammy, is still alive somewhere out there and if she wants a shot at getting him back, it’s just not possible to do it alone.  Hit the jump for more.

January 29, 2016 is a rather long way away, but it’s actually more of a relief that director J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) is going to be able to take more time with this.  Vampire Academy was still busy casting in May of 2013, the film hit theaters in February of 2014, and look what happened.  Okay, perhaps that wasn’t necessarily the key to all of that film’s problems, but no good can come from rushing The 5th Wave, or any film for that matter.

For those of you writing this one off as more young adult nonsense, I’d think again because The 5th Wave is different.  Sure, it does have a love triangle of sorts, but there isn’t an excess of brooding, there are no sparkling vampires and, most importantly, it features four particularly well-developed characters in a very fresh-feeling situation.  And not only is the source material quite good, but so is Blakeson.  There’s absolutely zero crossover in terms of story themes and genre, but if you haven’t caught his feature directorial debut, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, it’s well worth watching.


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