Ender's Game 2013

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(257) IMDb 6.8/10
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When an alien race known as the Formics attack Earth, the International Fleet prepare for their next attack by recruiting the most intelligent children on Earth and training them to lead the inevitable battle.

Starring:
Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin
Runtime:
1 hour 53 minutes

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Ender's Game

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Gavin Hood
Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin
Supporting actors Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Moises Arias, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Aramis Knight
Studio Momentum Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Mason on 19 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is a run of the mill sci-fi actioner for families, which suffers from a leaden pace and the absence of any formidable aliens. Earth uses genius children to marshall it's space forces against an alien foe called the Formics. You don't get to see the Formics until 1 hour, 40 minutes into the runtime, and the film ends 5 minutes later. There are lots of similarities between this movie and Starship Troopers, only this is a watered down version suitable for children. What made movies like Star Wars and Starship Troopers so great? Hissable villains like Darth Vader and the stormtroopers, cute robots like R2D2, believable other worlds like Tattoine, and charismatic actors like Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. Ender's is devoid of these qualities save for some high quality actors, who can't save the film from being insipid and wearisome. I mention Harrison Ford because he also stars in Ender's, but comparing Star Wars with Ender's is to move from the sublime to the ridiculous. Ender's has competent CGI, but then don't all movies these days. Too many directors obsess on the effects and pay scant attention to what matters even more, including the story, dialogue, convincing characters who make you care about what happens to them, and a clearly defined and involving good versus evil framework. Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley, who are brilliant actors, do their best to bring some caviar to a dog's breakfast of a movie, but the film starts out at a snail's pace, sags badly in the middle, and then limps home in the final third. Give this film a miss and watch a wonderful family sci-fi like Star Wars (again), or the unjustly under-rated War of the Worlds (Tom Cruise), or one of the better Star Trek motion pictures.
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76 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
I liked this film and I am glad that I watched it, although it is definitely significantly INFERIOR to the book. Below, more of my impressions, with very limited SPOILERS.

As probably everybody already knows, this sci-fi war film is situated in the future, years after a failed alien invasion of the Earth. Fearing that another, even deadlier invasion can take place, humanity created a powerful space fleet and trained hundreds and hundreds of thousands of soldiers and officers. But in order to lead this huge armed forces, it was decided that a new kind of generals and admirals was needed, one able to learn and adapt faster when faced by complex and always varying alien tactics of space fighting. This film tells the story of a very promising recruit, young Andrew Ender Wiggin, who may just be the future war leader of the whole humanity - if only he manages to survive the excruciatingly difficult, increasingly painful and sadistically cruel training in which complex war games play a great role...

We learn those things in the first minute of the film and about the rest I will say no more. Young Asa Butterfield who plays Ender is simply AMAZING, as good as he was in "Hugo". Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley give a great show as his teachers, with Viola Davis and Nonso Anozie supporting them valiantly as respectively war academy main psychologist and the hulking drill sergeant. Young actresses Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breislin play also important roles, those of Petra, Ender's friend in academy and Valentine, Ender's older sister.

Now, this film is an adaptation of an archi-classic of Sci-Fi letters, written in 1985 by Orson Scott Card.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M L Murphy on 18 July 2014
Format: DVD
This film just came a bit short in all departments. Not sure I can put my finger on if it was story or acting or script. It's an ok watch but don't expect to be blown away with amasement. It's not a bad film. But the end story line and which was kind of the moral bit was just not very deep, and felt like it was just thrown in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Green Man Music on 9 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've never read the book upon which this is based, so can't forrmulate a comparison with it.
However the film is essentially a "Last Starfighter" type story of a kid who is recruited to fight space-aliens by learning how to do it via a computer game.
There are the usual developmental cliches about the hero being a bit wimpy and getting bullied but using brains and tactics to get around it, and then the final scenes where he's promoted rapidly through the ranks to learn how to fight the space-aliens themselves.
The ending you will see coming a mile off.
This film goes up to three stars for me because of both the reasonable acting and the special effects.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By oldstuff VINE VOICE on 9 Mar 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Anyone that has read the book knows that the book is just unfilmable. Not because of the special effects required because this film has some phenomenal set pieces that meet what would be needed and then some. Not because of a lack of actors capable of playing the parts because Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and co. do an admirable job at filling some difficult roles. No the reason the book would always be hard to turn into a film is because the brutality and treatment of even younger kids than those shown in the film would breach all sorts of cinematic guidelines. They've understandably aged the kids by a few years, toned down the mental brutality but lost some of the potency of the book and the sympathy for what Ender Wiggin was going through. I did still enjoy the film and was surprised by how well it turned out and as I have already said it does look stunning. It deserved to do better at the box-office than it did but the bad press for the original author didn't help its cause.
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