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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Toned down from the book, but overall a job well done
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...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
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...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Toned down from the book, but overall a job well done, 26 July 2014
This review is from: Ender's Game [DVD] (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
5.0 out of 5 stars A downgraded, softer, watered down Andrew Ender Wiggin rises to meet his destiny..., 12 Nov 2013
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Maciej "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ender's Game [DVD] (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. The book "Ender's game" made quite a splash when first published and got all the yearly awards a SF book can get and it didn't age at all - in fact it is still a DARN GOOD READ. But I understand that it was not possible to make a big budget Hollywood adaptation without significant changes - and also it was probably not possible to ask the young actors to do on screen some of the things that are done in the book... For that reason, Ender from the film is a quite different character than the one from the book - he is softer, gentler, weaker, more vulnerable and lacks most of the ruthlessness described in the novel. Also, at the very end of the film, his actions are not motivated by pity and mercy as in the book but by guilt and remorse - and THAT is, I believe, the one change that was not necessary and it REALLY hurt this film.

For the needs of the film many of topics were also completely abandoned and the whole training was shortened, with especially the number of fascinating war games significantly reduced.

Still, I can not find it in my heart to take away one star from the rating, because notwithstanding all the changes, the director and the actors did a hell of a job and this film is a very pleasant watch! Excellent actors, great CGI, good action scenes, a tense and dramatic narration, very honest dialogs, all this makes "Ender's game" a good, solid Sci-Fi film - and there is not so much of them around. I warmly recommend to see it in the cinemas as long as it still play. I certainly will buy the DVD when it is available. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'THE YOUNG WILL SAVE THE 'EARTH', 11 Mar 2014
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ender's Game [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
An earlier reviewer mentioned that the story had been watered down, sadly
that is very often the case, it all comes down to economics, reaching a wider
audience brings in more 'dollars'
However...
Fifty years has past since an alien force was forced to withdraw from it's invasion
of earth, this was thanks to the apparent sacrifice of one man.
Based on the assumption that the aliens will return 'earth' has been preparing
for the possibility, however finding a candidate to lead has proved difficult.
'Colonel Graff' (Harrison Ford) recruits young intelligent trainee's because it
is believed that their reactions are quicker and lack fear.
They will be trained by using simulators to gauge their ability to make decisions,
training proves a tough leveler for the young recruits, however, one, is showing
real potential, 'Ender Wiggin' he appears to have many attributes for the task
ahead, he is promoted, now leading his own team.
The team progress to advanced schooling, they will learn that games are not
always as they seem.
This an absorbing watch, perhaps a little like watching a hi-tech video game
with deadly consequences.
Terrific special effects throughout, superb visual enjoyment, picture and sound
quality superb.
Worth a spin.
Special Features -
* Audio commentary by director 'Gavin Hood'
* Audio commentary by producers 'Gigi Pritzker' and 'Bob Orci'
* Deleted / Extended scenes (with optional audio commentary by 'Gavin Hood' )
* Blu-ray exclusive:- 'Ender's World' - The making of 'Ender's Game'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 24 Mar 2014
This review is from: Ender's Game [DVD] (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
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not a bad film. But the end story line and which ..., 18 July 2014
This review is from: Ender's Game (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
4.0 out of 5 stars Its as good as it could have been!, 9 Mar 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sir Yes Sir!, 30 Aug 2014
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Unwatchable rubbish. 'Sir Yes Sir'! Drop and give me 20! Give me another 20! Sir Yes Sir!.. etc.
Oh yeah, and Sir Yes Sir!
American garbage.. the only reason anyone buys it is coz Harrison Ford is in it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the book, don't watch the film, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty average, 11 Aug 2014
Passes the time. Much like mowing the lawn. Decorating, perhaps. Ironing...
Possibly I would have given more stars if I had attempted ironing simultaneously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars boring film, 28 July 2014
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very rarely do I turn a film off but I did that with this one - I got bored , mediocre storyline, woeful acting and lacking in interest for me
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