Aliens Wipe Out Humanity in New Trailer for The 5th Wave, Starring Chloe Grace Moretz

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 - 9:52AM
The Fifth Wave
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 - 9:52AM
Aliens Wipe Out Humanity in New Trailer for The 5th Wave, Starring Chloe Grace Moretz
A new trailer for the film adaptation of Rick Yancey's dystopian YA novel series, The 5th Wave, has been released, and it shows Chloe Grace Moretz fighting waves of alien invasions that threaten to wipe out humanity:



The 5th Wave follows a young girl named Cassie, played by Moretz, who is one of the last survivors of a multi-stage alien attack by an entity called "The Others." The first wave knocked out the electricity, the second killed billions with tsunamis, the third wiped out the remainder with an incurable virus that resembles an advanced form of Ebola, and the fourth- gets into spoiler territory. But if the fifth wave is accomplished, humanity will be completely exterminated.

The first trailers have been suspiciously reminiscent of every other YA trilogy out there, complete with dystopia, "inspirational" messages, and, of course, love triangles. One review of the novel claimed the franchise would "do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires." (As in, make everyone sick of them?) But Chloe Grace Moretz is a reliable presence, and this trailer does a better job than the international trailer of playing up the almost horror movie-like aspects of the premise. The part where teenagers can see a plane fall from the sky as the first sign of apocalyptic chaos was particularly chilling. And at least Cassie has at least one motivation outside of her love life- saving her brother- so it can't possibly be as bad as Twilight, right?

The official synopsis for The 5th Wave reads:

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In The 5th Wave, set in the present day, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie meets a young man who may become her final hope.
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The 5th Wave hits theaters on January 15, 2016.
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