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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:
Moises Arias, Viola Davis
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DVD, Blu-ray

Ender's Game

Product Details

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

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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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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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13 of 15 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Jenkins on 29 Aug. 2014
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Good special effects but the whole point of the story is spoiled by a weak ending. I've read the book and this film doesn't do it justice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Ernie on 27 Oct. 2014
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Not a bad movie, but having read the book it could have been a lot better. The deveopment of Ender as a leader was so glossed over that it did not make much sense.
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