The 5th Wave

An alien race makes its fifth attempt to wipe out humans.

Overall B-

Four waves of attack by an alien race have left earth in state of disaster. Knowing another devastating round is coming, sixteen-year-old Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz) tries to brace for the worst while at the same time trying to save her younger brother (Zackary Arthur).

Violence C-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C-
Substance Use B+

Why is The 5th Wave rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The 5th Wave PG-13 for violence and destruction, some sci-fi thematic elements, language and brief teen partying.

Run Time: 112 minutes

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The 5th Wave
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The 5th Wave rated PG-13? The 5th Wave is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence and destruction, some sci-fi thematic elements, language and brief teen partying.

Violence: An alien force is trying to destroy all of mankind. Humans have been subjected to loss of services like electricity, clean water and communications. Earthquakes and floods cause deaths. Many get sick and die from an epidemic. The movie contains frequent depictions of deaths from drowning and disease, extensive property destruction, explosions, crashing vehicles, planes falling from the sky, along with countless corpses. Characters resort to gun battles and fistfights, which result in bloody injuries, deaths, a massacre and several on-screen shootings. Characters’ lives are constantly in peril. The military trains children to be soldiers: drills, war games, target practice, self-defense exercises and children killing other children are shown. A lack of trust causes characters to shoot and kill others—innocent people die as a result. A parasite that inhabits a human host is shown. A bloody gunshot wound is seen and later stitched up without the use of anesthetic. Some death threats are uttered.

Sexual Content: The script contains some sexual innuendo. A couple of girls joke about sending a text message with an invitation for sex. Female sanitary supplies are briefly shown. Some male characters are seen shirtless. Ssensual glances are exchanged between a young man and a teen girl: kissing is shown and sexual relations are implied.

Language: A strong sexual expletive is used, along with infrequent mild profanity and scatological slang. Also included in the script are a few terms of deity and rude slang.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Teen-aged characters at a party drink something that might be alcohol. Medical drugs are administered and an IV injection site is shown.

Other: Medical equipment is used to implant tracking devices.

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The 5th Wave
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence, Coarse Language.
Alberta PG Violence, Frightening Scenes, Not Recommended For Young Children.
Manitoba PG Not Recommeded for Young Children, Violence, Language May Offend.
Ontario PG Violence, Language May Offend
Quebec G Not Recommended for Young Children.
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

News About "The 5th Wave"

Cast and Crew

The 5th Wave is directed by J Blakeson and stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Maggie Siff, Zackary Arthur.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The 5th Wave movie is May 3, 2016. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: The 5th Wave
Release Date: 3 May 2016
The 5th Wave releases to home video (4k Ultra/Blu-ray/DVD) with the following special features:

4K Ultra HD Extras:
- Feature film in 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR)
- Dolby Atmos soundtrack (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible)*
- Includes high-def Blu-ray featuring the film and special features

Blu-ray Extras:
- Commentary with Director J Blakeson and Chloë Grace Moretz
- Five Featurettes:
“Inside The 5th Wave
“Sammy on the Set”
“The 5th Wave Survival Guide”
“Training Squad 53”
“Creating a New World”
- Cast Gag Reel
-  Deleted Scenes
- Bonus sneak peek excerpt of The Last Star, by Rick Yancey

Digital Extras:
- Commentary with Director J Blakeson and Chloë Grace Moretz
- Five Featurettes:
“Inside The 5th Wave
“Sammy on the Set”
“The 5th Wave Survival Guide”
“Training Squad 53”
“Creating a New World”
- Cast Gag Reel
-  Deleted Scenes
- Bonus sneak peek excerpt of The Last Star, by Rick Yancey

DVD Extras:
- Commentary with Director J Blakeson and Chloë Grace Moretz
- Two Featurettes:
“Inside The 5th Wave
“Sammy on the Set”
- Bonus sneak peek excerpt of The Last Star, by Rick Yancey

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Aliens also attack Earth in the movies Independence DayandWar of the Worlds. Other movies that use similar plot elements include Twilight, The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, The Giver and Divergent.

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