Book to Big Screen Review * The 5th Wave

If you guys remember my Books to Big Screen 2016 post you know that I was hoping to read all the books before I saw the movie. Well The 5th Wave came out yesterday and we went to go see it after work.

5th wave

I had finished the book a couple weeks prior so I was really excited to see how it translated over to the big screen. It seemed like a lot of the people in the theatre had read the book also as they were very excited when certain things happened in the movie.

I really liked the way they began the movie explaining all the waves and showing what happened. Small things were left out, but I didn’t think they were crucial to the story so I let it go. Also some things changed, but again not a huge deal for the beginning of the movie. What really bothered me is that they didn’t really delve into the characters so you never really felt connected to them. I understand for time purposes that they can’t go into detail as much as the book, but I felt like so much of the relationship between Cassie and Evan was left out and really if you hadn’t read the book you wouldn’t understand how close they really became. The movie made it seem like Cassie was at Evan’s house for 2 days. Another relationship that wasn’t really explored in the movie was between Zombie (Ben) and Ringer.

Another thing that was completely left out of the movie that I felt like was a very important part of the books was how the Others used a green orb to decimate an area and basically erase it off the map. This was never mentioned once in the movie, while in the book they use it on the camp Cassie was staying at and then it’s used to destroy the base where the Others have been training the kids for the 5th wave.

Also Zombie tied up Nugget (Sammy) so that he couldn’t go on the mission because he was afraid he would die, but in the book it is decided that he is too young to join them on the mission and would be moved to a different squad to train for a couple more years. I understand they did this in the movie to show how much Zombie cared for Nugget since that relationship also wasn’t fully shown in the movie, but for someone who didn’t read the books it seems ridiculous because it seems like Nugget and Teacup are around the same age and it just doesn’t make sense. Matt actually said to me after the movie that he thought it was messed up that he would only try to save Nugget and didn’t care about Teacup.

All in all the movie was a good movie, but a lot was changed or left out from the book. I always say this after seeing a movie that has been adapted from a book, but do yourself a favor and read the book first, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re someone who simply doesn’t care about reading a book before the movie (or ever) then I would definitely say that you could see this movie and fully enjoy it.

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