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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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, 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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
In the future Earth is nearly destroyed by an alien race of bug like creatures, but we were saved by a great hero that wasn't Casper Van Dien but Gandhi (Ben Kinsley). Children play video games to see who will become the next war leader. The overly robotic Ender Wiggen (Asa Butterfield) is on the fast track to become that leader, trained by Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

The film is magnificent in its graphics. The characters are fairly dry as in too many science fiction films which are theme driven. Written in 1985 the film looks at the "First Strike" debate. Should you attack your enemy first if you believe you are about to be attacked? This was debated in the 1980's and during the 1930's. It became policy in Iraq and is still debated today, the reason why Hollywood chose to make this film now. The film also touches on population control and structural society for the common good.

The multiple adult themes have been dummy downed for the young target audience who are surely more enthralled by the computer games than any under lying meaning. If "Ender's Game" reminds you of other modern films it is because they copied from it, or the book upon it was based. In that regard this feature is similar to "John Carter." a film that was not as popular as those it inspired.

Worth while viewing for the kids. Adults might find themselves at times bored during the formulaic plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LINGO on 8 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
Having not read the book I can't make a comparison but as a film it was OK but definitely aimed at the younger market. At times I was asking myself whether the intensity would be moved up a gear but it never did. I really felt that Harrison Ford looked out of place as his stone faced Colonel Graff, mismatched with the target audience, while Nonso Anosie's Sergeant Dap just seemed ridiculous. That aside Asa Butterfield was excellent playing the loner Ender Wiggum and the CGI was impressive. Bit of a let down if I'm honest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones on 21 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
This is an impressive and intelligent SF film which explores Earth's response to a repulsed alien invasion by a seemingly more advanced insect-like species known as the Formics. Through the heroic exploits of Mazer Rackham (played with dour grimness by Ben Kingsley) the earth survived, but not without the deaths of tens of millions of its inhabitants. It is accepted that a second attack by the Formics is inevitable and a decision has been made to launch a pre-emptive strike on their homeworld. In the fifty years since the invasion attempt Earth's International Fleet has been selecting young genius children who display the `appropriate' traits to train to become top military strategists, especially the ability to interpret complex date at a rapid speed. Ender Wiggin (an admirable performance by Asa Butterfield) is one such trainee. However, the head of the training academy, Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) believes that Ender also has the qualities which make a great leader, including ruthlessness, adaptability, an independence of mind (he displays an insolence similar to James Tiberius Kirk) and an ability to inspire loyalty. As the film progresses we observe how Ender's character develops in response to the situations he encounters. The cinematography is excellent throughout, in particular within the Training School and Battle Room where tactical skills are developed. However, it is the underlying questions presented which linger in the mind - the use of children in the military (a theme also addressed in the underrated 1999 SF film Soldier), the duplicitousness of adults and the morality behind military decisions.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A movie adaptation of an award winning science fiction novel from the 1980's Ender's Game (Ender Saga) Ender's game is a near future story in which the human race is still recovering from a war with an insectoid race. Who came very close to destroying humanity but who were just beaten off, thanks not least to the actions of one brave individual.

Knowing that the aliens could well be back one day, humanity is preparing to fight them again when the time comes to pass. The best and brightest from all over the globe are given a chance at military service. Starting from a very early age. Just in case the next war winning hero is amongst these recruits.

Ender Wiggum [Asa Butterfield] is one of those smart kids who really doesn't fit in. But Colonel Graff [Harrison Ford] thinks he might just be what humanity is looking for. Recruited into the international fleet, Ender has a tough education ahead of him. And a lot to learn.

Not least, what people will do to survive and prosper...

Described as 'Harry Potter meets Star Wars' simply because a lot of takes place in a military school with various different houses who compete against each other in a sports game, this does have a couple of fight scenes that don't pull their punches in depicting brutality, and isn't really for anyone under twelve.

As a piece of science fiction, it's not bad. It creates a credible near future environment and society. It tells a solid character drama, with a few plot twists along the way. And it does what all good science fiction should do. Make the viewer think about the many moral issues that the story raises.

As a movie, it's not bad.
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