Not a bad high-concept thriller but, as is often the case with movies hampered by undercooked storylines, something better could have resulted from the same basic plot points.
Unappealing and stale, a barely-watchable combination of clichés and irrelevant tangents.
The movie feels like what it is – a moderately low-budget action/adventure outing designed primarily for the Asian market.
For those who enjoy war films, especially those with an “old fashioned” bent, "12 Strong" offers two solid hours.
The adventure/survival aspectsare presented with workmanlike efficiency but the secondary story elements are at times cringe-worthy.
Works not only as a portal into what happened 37 years ago but as an understanding of the difficulties of handling hostage situations.
Take away the anti-climactic final act and this is an effective white-knuckle psychological thriller.
There seems to be little reason to see "The 5th Wave" unless you’re a fan of unfinished stories that likely will never be completed.