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Big-budget sci-fi starring Asa Butterfield and Ben Kingsley. 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. Split up from his family and taken to the Fleet's Battle School, Ender Wiggin (Butterfield) quickly makes a name for himself as the best recruit of his generation with abilities even surpassing those of the legendary war hero Mazer Rackham (Kingsley). As his reputation grows and Ender continues to impress his peers, he is expected to be Earth's only hope against the alien race. But with the Formics preparing for their next move, will Ender finish his training in time to lead his people to victory as anticipated?

Starring:
Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Ender's Game

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Moises Arias, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Aramis Knight
Director Gavin Hood
Studio Momentum Pictures
Rental release 10 March 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Moises Arias, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Aramis Knight
Director Gavin Hood
Studio Momentum Pictures
Rental release 10 March 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil Lennon on 25 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I was originally going to title this review "Harry Potter In Space" and go on about how it copies so many ideas from J K Rowlings stories. However it turns out that "Ender's Game" is based on a book written in 1985 and predates Harry Potter by about 10 years. It could be though that the director Gavin Hood, realising the popularity of Potter has emphasised certain elements which are similar to J K Rowling, albeit with a space setting. Either that or J K Rowling may have pinched a few ideas from author Orson Scott Card. All the familiar elements are in place - the special school for gifted children, the main character struggles to fit in, there's a zero-G version of quidditch, and a strong confident female friend who may or may not turn out to be the love interest. It's so similar it almost feels like part of the same franchise.

That said there are some elements of "Ender's Game" that are more original. The main character for instance, played by young Asa Butterfield shows a remarkable level of confidence and acting talent, and does not seem phased acting alongside such notables as Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. The tone of the setting is also darker, with the titular Ender being proclaimed mankinds last hope to defeat an alien race intent on conquering the Earth.

Unfortunately though the story doesn't really have the charm of the Harry Potter movies which might make it appeal to younger viewers. Nor is it dark enough or believable enough to appeal to most adults. The idea of training children to lead their space fleets doesn't really make a lot of sense as you could spend a similar amount of years training adults, who would hopefully be emotionally more mature. When the fate of the world is at stake the last thing you want is to have to deal with teenage angst.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RK on 22 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Let me start with the positives. The film quality on the Blu-ray disc is excellent as is the sound. The CGI in the film is at times impressive and the movie does look the part.

However, for all those who have read the book this is a very different and inferior story. The brutality of battle school does not come through in the same way and Enders is a much older and less sympathetic character.

Overall a watchable movie if not the sci-fi classic fans of the book hoped it would be.
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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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