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The 5th Wave (2016)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia (as Bailey Borders)
Lisa Sullivan
Soccer Coach (as Dave Maldonado)
White House Spokesman
Ms. Paulson
Madison Staines ...
Teary School Kid


Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The fight for humanity has begun. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and destruction, some sci-fi thematic elements, language and brief teen partying. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Fifth Wave  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,326,356, 24 January 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,912,982, 22 May 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,065,200, 4 February 2016
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Columbia Pictures had originally set the film for release on January 29, 2016. On April 30, 2015, they pushed the release date forward to January 22, 2016. See more »


Cassie states that there are 300 billion birds on Earth, 75 for every human. As of 2016, there are about 7 billion humans on earth, so 75 birds for every human would be 525 billion birds. Cassie may be referring to the estimated humans left on Earth after the power outage, earthquake, and tsunami. See more »


[first lines]
Wounded Man with Crucifix: [from another room] Help me! Somebody there? I'm hurt. Is somebody there? Please! I'm bleeding. Help me.
Cassie Sullivan: [pushes the door open with her rifle]
Wounded Man with Crucifix: [sitting on the floor pointing a pistol] Drop your weapon.
Cassie Sullivan: You drop yours first. Drop it!
Wounded Man with Crucifix: [slowly sets his gun down and puts his hands up] Okay. Your turn.
Cassie Sullivan: Let me see your other hand...
Wounded Man with Crucifix: If I move this hand, I'm afraid my stomach will fall out.
Cassie Sullivan: I need to see your other hand. What's in your hand?
Wounded Man with Crucifix: Nothing. Drop your weapon.
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When I were a lad..
11 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

We had The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, St Elmo's Fire, The Goonies to name but a few. Defining moments in movies, defining teenage angst, growing pains and young love and loves lost. Films that stand up today, not just for nostalgia's sake but because of solid acting, amazing characters and good stories.

I despair for the drivel that our millennial's have to endure today in the name of cinema. If you've grown up on good films through the years then you want to avoid The Fifth Wave. Encourage your young-lings to watch something else.

Chloe maybe a good actress, but she couldn't drag the film from the mire of this cliché driven plot line with shallow characters and an awfully banal story of an alien plot to take over the Earth in as seemingly clueless manner as possible.

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