Ender's Game 2013

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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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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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77 of 92 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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Format: Blu-ray
I must confess that despite being a long-term science fiction fan, I've never read Ender's Game. There's no particular reason, it's just that like Larry Niven's Ringowrld and Frank Herbert's Dune, I simple never got round to it. Thus, I approached this film with no real expectation, beyond the book's reputation and the calibre of the cast.

Ender's Game is a good-looking film: the various effects and virtual sets blend seamlessly with the live action, lending a sense of realism and wonder to the world the youngsters are training in. Couple this with a strong cast, led by an understated, but compelling, performance from Asa Butterfield, and you should all a classic film.
And you almost do. While all the above is true, the story stumbles a little as we get to the climax of the film, leaving you with a rushed fourth act after the climax that tries to explain and validate the rest of the story. A comment in the making-of section is made that Ender's Game 'has enough material for an entire 13 part series', which is probably why things got a bit muddled, they were trying to condense an awful lot of material!

The main story works well, providing you know what to expect. If you're looking for a Sci-Fi action flick with lots of explosions and adventure, you've come to the wrong place. This is a low, measured film that largely keeps a steady pace throughout. The bulk of the story encompasses the training Ender and his teenage compatriots get to enable them to better fight a war the adults feel they are best suited to win. The dubious morals of getting children to fight your battles is touched on, but the main thrust is the confrontation of the 'win at all costs' mentality that features far too often in real life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Collins on 5 Aug 2014
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Just didn't amount to much. Built up and then just sort of stopped with no real surprises or big reveal. Was vaguely interesting enough that I thought I might try out the book, or maybe as the start of something bigger, but I wouldn't recommend watching this movie. Badly scripted and directed with no character insight. It grafts a sister on to the main character to try and make him interesting but it doesn't. It never explains why other characters do the stuff they do. A big fat, meh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAN GODDARD on 25 July 2014
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I love Sci-Fi so watching this film was a must having seen the trailer. I enjoyed the storyline and thought Asa Butterfields character Ender Wiggin was brilliant. Harrison Ford's character Colonel Graff seemed a little flat to me, but I think this was more to do with the script rather than the acting. I was expecting to see more of the Aliens and the final battle was a bit of a disappointment to me, but over all it was a good film and I am glad I watched it.
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Format: DVD
I rather think this was as good as Hollywood could do with this one, particularly if aiming for this certificate (though Transformers made a 12, and with that language, I remain amazed, though it's otherwise suitable only for the under sixes). I always felt the book to be a rather adult book with kids in it, and this definitely moves more towards the kids than does the book.

However, it is a very entertaining movie. Most of the key themes from the book, including the final battle and aftermath are there, if toned down. The bullying and outsider themes that made such an impact on many of us are still there, and the effects all you could want. The battle room in particular is well-realised, though some sequences I'd have liked to see were missing.

Pretty much all of the cast and characterisation are fit for purpose, Ford and Kingsley reliable as ever, Asa Butterfield fine again, but I felt the sergeant was feeble- straight out of "The Sarah Jane Adventures" or that lost non-classic "Five Go To Boot Camp."

Still, overall, an enjoyable, perhaps languid, but never too slow, passable adaptation of a fine novel; one that will deserve another watch.

A job well done.
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