The 5th Wave vs The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – Book Review


So there has been an alien attack which has happened in four waves, devastating the world’s population. There are now few people left, and Cassie is one of them, but the aliens no look like people. She is fighting to stay alive, living on her wits. Should she try to find other survivors? Who can she trust?

As far as dystopian future stories are concerned, this is a good one. I like that it is an alien attack, and that no-one knows who to trust. Some parts seem overly familiar, perhaps because they are extremely similar to other books. But overall, it’s a fast, action-packed read and I enjoyed it.


The 5th Wave (2016) Film Review

Usually when a book is interpreted into a film, much has to be left behind or it will end up being a very long film – it usually captures the feel of the original text, but not the full thing. Yet somehow, this is an extremely close rendition of the book, and it is great. The book is written almost as a screenplay in that it is all action, so fast and it works so extremely well. It is very much a film for the youth – I can’t imagine it was very popular with many adults.

Dogma (1999) Film Review


Bethany (Linda Fiorentino) works in an abortion clinic and is having issues with her Catholic faith. Then she is visited by Metatron (Alan Rickman), an angel sent from heaven to participate in a religious mission – to stop angels Loki (Matt Damon) and Bartleby (Ben Affleck) passing through a specific church door (that has been kind of opened so to speak by a local cardinal, played by the wonderful George Carlin). She’s being chased by a group of hocky playing skater kids/devils sent after them by Azrael (Jason Lee), and ends up accruing a gang of assistants; profits Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) and Jay (Jason Mewes), the thirteenth apostle, Rufus (Chris Rock) and Serendipity (Salma Hayek).

Kevin Smith ended up putting a clunky (though supposedly hilarious) disclaimer at the start, no doubt expecting a slew of criticism from a variety of different religious sections of society. As a non-religious person, but someone who grew up within a practicing family, I loved some of the concepts in this. Yes, I think Kevin Smith would have pissed off a lot of people with parts of this film, but why not? It’s a great yarn. Though I wish he’d let Silent Bob and Jay go – this film would have been much better without them, and I know it’s his thing, but still… And yes, I still think it was genius having Alanis Morissette playing God – certainly now it is a bit dated in that many folk may not recognise her, but I thought it was great.


Die Hard (1988) Film Review


WHAT?  You haven’t seen this film? Stop reading, go to your local video shop or find some way to watch it online, whatever you need to do. But you need to meet John McClane (Bruce Willis) and you need to see him saving the hell out of his wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) and ruining the plans of Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), one of my favourite baddies of all time.

It’s just wonderful – a great action film with some great lines, cool shooting and running and awesome explosions, and a reminder of a time where things seemed a bit more innocent. For example, can you imagine now if a guy identifying as a NY Cop said he was in a building that had been taken over by terrorists? The response would be unlikely to be ‘stop wasting our time and resources. Fine, we’ll send a desk cop on his own, and then he can be the only one to trust you’. Times have really changed. Oh, and there aren’t many women in it, in fact, I think it is just the wife character, but she is a bit tough. Sure she needs saving, but there’s only room for one real hero. But she’s not bad.

PS, this is my favourite Christmas Film.