- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 5, 2016

The latest alien invasion of Earth film moves to the Blu-ray format highlighting director J Blakeson adaptation of the first book of author Rick Yancey’s young adult, science fiction trilogy.

Chloë Grace Moretz (“Kick-Ass”) stars as Cassie Sullivan in The 5th Wave (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Rated PG-13, $34.99, 112 minutes) and near single handedly carries the emotional impact of the movie as a teenager who has nearly lost all to an extraterrestrial attack and must rescue her young brother from a military installation preparing child soldiers for a final battle for Earth.

An exciting opening 30 minutes of effects-laden action with the mysterious aliens delivering four waves of plagues to wipe out humanity (an EMP to destroy transportation and communication, disease, natural disasters and parasitic hosts) devolves quickly into overtly melodramatic teenage soap opera.

Never as terrifying as “War of the Worlds,” explosive as “Independence Day” or intriguing as “The Body Snatchers,” “The 5th Wave” meanders along for nearly two hours and offers no new wrinkles to the extraterrestrial-apocalypse genre of filmmaking.

Still, extras are worth a look with the best featuring a very relaxed and informative optional commentary track with Mr. Blakeson and Miss Grace Moretz.

It finds the pair enjoying each other’s company as they discuss, non-stop, the story, the movie process, comparisons to the book, the cast’s great eyebrows and each other’s lives.

Additionally, look for 11 deleted scenes, a gag reel and roughly 30 minutes of featurettes that will appeal to younger viewers identifying with the lead tween and teenage actors.

The package also includes a download code to read an excerpt of the final installment of the book series.

A better idea might have been to charge a bit more for the Blu-ray and offer a full download of “The Fifth Wave” novel to remind youngsters of the origin of movie source material.

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