In yet another addition to the list of Young Adult Novels to be adapted into films, science fiction fans can look forward to the new alien flick, THE 5TH WAVE to hit theaters on January 15th, 2016. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber, and Zackary Arthur, and is based on the 2013 novel of the same name written by Rick Yancey. The film is directed by J. Blakeson and is written by Susannah Grant.
The story revolved around Cassie Sullivan, a teenager who has survived an ongoing alien invasion. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to survive in a world decimated by the intergalactic conflict against the aliens known only as The Others. The Others are preparing for their 5th wave of attack against what’s left of the human race, in which they can infect and control a human host, creating distrust amongst the remaining humans, who no longer know who they can trust. When Cassie’s little brother is kidnapped by The Others, she must put her trust in a stranger as they race against the clock to save him.
Sadly I haven’t had the chance to read the original book this new film is based on, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited to see this it hit theaters this January. Though I wouldn’t call myself a fan of the Young Adult Novel craze that has swept book sales as well as movie theaters over the last few years (although I adore THE HUNGER GAMES series; even though MOCKINGJAY was the worst of the trilogy, I’m still very much looking forward to the final film, even if it didn’t need to be in two parts). However, aside from this film having a stellar cast, the reason I’m excited for it is because I’m familiar with another series by Rick Yancey, THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST series, a strange horror series that centers around a young orphan named Will Henry, who works as the assistant to the eccentric Dr. Warthrop. The Doctor is a world renowned monstrumologist, a science devoted to the study of well, monsters. Though the two series have nothing in common, I’m hoping the success of THE 5THWAVE could cause studios to look at Yancey’s other works to adapt those into films as well. However, I doubt that a studio in Hollywood would believe in the viability of THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST series when compared to the science fiction series; THE 5TH WAVE is a little more of a traditional young adult novel, as it focuses on a young female protagonist who has to save her sibling in a post-apocalyptic world while also being caught in the middle of a love triangle. THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST deviates from many of the tropes that have become commonplace in the genre, as it is an unflinching look not only at the darkness found in the monsters of traditional supernatural stories, but at the darkness within humanity. It’s a grotesque, horrifying, and brutal look at a man obsessed with his work, and the lengths he’s willing to go in the name of science. As such, it will probably never make it to the silver screen, and even if it does I have a difficult time imagining an adaptation of the series getting a PG-13 rating. Still, I hope that THE 5TH WAVE does well, as it’s my best hope of seeing THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST in theaters one day. However, even if I never get to see the adaptation of this horror series, Yancey’s fresh take on classic monsters such as wendigos and zombies have me thrilled to see how he has tackled a race of aliens that are essentially Bodysnatchers (or I suppose Yeerks if we’re talking about aliens in kid’s science fiction books). If nothing else is attracting you to see THE 5TH WAVE, trust me when I say Yancey knows his monsters, and knows how to use them to keep you up at night!
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