Ender's Game 2013

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

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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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By bernie VINE VOICE on 14 Feb 2014
Format: Blu-ray
It may still become a miniseries. At least they need to make "Speaker for the Dead" ; then we can see a better balanced rendition of what Orson Scott Card is trying to say to us.

As with many movies there is not enough time to portray or even imply what the book tells us. Tee best we can hope for is a good reflection and not let the movie change the story for its own ends. This is one of those movies that tried in the time allotted to give you not only the feel but to put in as many details as possible.

The choice of actors did a pretty good match to the characters. The graphics did not overwhelm the story. The background music did not washout the dialog. Unfortunately the version I watched did not have a voice over commentary to add to the experience. We view the story as a third party and never really get into anyone's mind.

To many readers it will never be justified. To people that have not read the book it may be obscure. But at least they did not try to make a different story out of it. I am trying to restrain myself from comparing this film to classic sci-fi stories. To the movie's credit they did not dwell on the technology. The story here is about people and societies that just happen to take place in the future.

Basic story is that it looks like we have been attacked a nearly annihilated. Our only recourse is to do unto others before they do it unto us. We do not know their intentions but take no chances. In the military we are always taught that no two wars are the same; we can train but must be flexible and initiative. The primes here are that children are more flexible and amendable to new environments.

We are left with a moral question. This question will be better developed in the next book and hopefully the next film.
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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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