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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

Product Details

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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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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By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAN GODDARD on 25 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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