Hot Trailers: The 5th Wave, The Danish Girl

The 5th Wave
The Danish Girl


Here we go again with another look-what-aliens-did-to-our-lovely- planet movie. I actually hoped this was a surfing movie. In this movie, you do not know who the invaders are since in Part 5 of their grand hostile takeover plan - dubbed the "5th Wave" - they inhabit human bodies (this really means the producers do not have the budget for Star Warstype fancy costumes or CGI).

"If the 5th Wave succeeds, humanity will be wiped from the face of the Earth," intones the army dude (Liev Schreiber) in charge of the fightback. You know, we have seen not just this movie many times, but also this trailer.

Luckily, there is the always cute Chloe Grace Moretz (above) as a survivor-straggler-Walking Dead homeless person firing back with guns and determination, but without, unfortunately, the spectacularly foul language she spouted in Kick-Ass (2010).


Here is a story to match Caitlyn Jenner's. In 1920s Copenhagen, an artist (Swedish actress Alicia Vikander) asks her husband (Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, above, from The Theory Of Everything, 2014) to pose as a woman for her paintings and suddenly, in a swirling dress, his inner Bugis Street is awakened and he starts to believe he is a woman.

But, jokes aside, this is a serious trailer for a movie directed by Tom Hooper (Oscar winner for The King's Speech, 2010). Everybody here looks seriously dramatic in the way a Brit-produced film always screams "Oscar". "This is not my body. I have to let it go," says Redmayne as he transforms with complicit agreement from his perplexed wife.

A fascinating story based on an actual Danish transgender woman named Lili Elbe.

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2015, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe