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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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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
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 harpoon guns to 'safe', please on 26 July 2014
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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78 of 93 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 James g on 24 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
No thrills,no tension,average cgi and boring for the most part,as Harrison Ford who looked as bored as i felt trains Ender up in boring strategy games at space school to become some military wiz kid leader,there is a good twist at the end but i nearly switched it off twice getting there and only half cared.The Hunger Games did this so called hard hitting teen thing loads better in everyway.
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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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr J on 8 May 2014
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I thoroughly recommend the whole series of books - well-written, interesting ideas, full of suspense. I found the film, on the other hand, a big disappointment. The strong elements of the book, such as the characters and the psychology, have been sacrificed in an attempt to squeeze in most of the book's main events. The end result is just a sequence of short scenes where something happens but which together don't create any real coherent narrative.
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