2015 was, by all accounts, a huge year for dystopian YA film adaptations. Divergent and The Maze Runner both released the next films in their respective series with Insurgent and The Scorch Trials, and of course The Hunger Games ended its saga with the release of Mockingjay: Part Two. But just in case you thought the YA craze was over with, 2016 is kicking off by injecting some fresh blood into the genre with The 5th Wave , starring Chloe Grace Moretz.
The film, which is based on the novel of the same name by Rick Yancey, tells the story of a decimated Earth following four waves of devastating alien attacks, and most of the action takes place at the dawn of the fifth wave. Out Jan. 22, the
centers on teenager Cassie Sullivan, (Moretz), who is trying to
her little brother, who has fallen into possession of the "Others", human-looking aliens. She is then forced to rely on the help of an enigmatic stranger, Evan Walker (Alex Roe), as her only hope of rescuing her brother. The
looks intense to say the least, as if The Hunger Games, War of the Worlds, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers had a big-screen baby.
But even with all the death and destruction going on, perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the film is the relationship between Cassie and Evan. She doesn't know what side he's on or what his intentions are, and has no idea whether or not she can trust him, but she has no other option but to accept his help if she wants to find her brother. It's probably a good rule of thumb not to trust randos you meet in a post-apocalyptic society, but when you're not even sure if that person is human or not, it kind of adds a whole other element to your decision making.
That internal struggle is on display in the exclusive clip below, where Cassie runs away from Evan in the woods only to be rescued by him from prowling Others. Although it isn't
if this is their first meeting in the film or not, it's obvious that she has serious questions about her pursuer. Seriously, the suspense is strong in this one.
See what I mean? If you're heart's not pounding after watching that clip, then you're not human. Which must mean... you're an Other.
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