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5.0 out of 5 stars A downgraded, softer, watered down Andrew Ender Wiggin rises to meet his destiny...
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ender's Got No Game
This is a run of the mill sci-fi actioner for families, which suffers from a leaden pace and the absence of any formidable aliens. Earth uses genius children to marshall it's space forces against an alien foe called the Formics. You don't get to see the Formics until 1 hour, 40 minutes into the runtime, and the film ends 5 minutes later. There are lots of similarities...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ender's Got No Game, 19 July 2014
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This review is from: Ender's Game [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is a run of the mill sci-fi actioner for families, which suffers from a leaden pace and the absence of any formidable aliens. Earth uses genius children to marshall it's space forces against an alien foe called the Formics. You don't get to see the Formics until 1 hour, 40 minutes into the runtime, and the film ends 5 minutes later. There are lots of similarities between this movie and Starship Troopers, only this is a watered down version suitable for children. What made movies like Star Wars and Starship Troopers so great? Hissable villains like Darth Vader and the stormtroopers, cute robots like R2D2, believable other worlds like Tattoine, and charismatic actors like Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. Ender's is devoid of these qualities save for some high quality actors, who can't save the film from being insipid and wearisome. I mention Harrison Ford because he also stars in Ender's, but comparing Star Wars with Ender's is to move from the sublime to the ridiculous. Ender's has competent CGI, but then don't all movies these days. Too many directors obsess on the effects and pay scant attention to what matters even more, including the story, dialogue, convincing characters who make you care about what happens to them, and a clearly defined and involving good versus evil framework. Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley, who are brilliant actors, do their best to bring some caviar to a dog's breakfast of a movie, but the film starts out at a snail's pace, sags badly in the middle, and then limps home in the final third. Give this film a miss and watch a wonderful family sci-fi like Star Wars (again), or the unjustly under-rated War of the Worlds (Tom Cruise), or one of the better Star Trek motion pictures.
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76 of 91 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Sci-Fi film with good action scenes, 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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I've never read the book upon which this is based ..., 9 July 2014
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I've never read the book upon which this is based, so can't forrmulate a comparison with it.
However the film is essentially a "Last Starfighter" type story of a kid who is recruited to fight space-aliens by learning how to do it via a computer game.
There are the usual developmental cliches about the hero being a bit wimpy and getting bullied but using brains and tactics to get around it, and then the final scenes where he's promoted rapidly through the ranks to learn how to fight the space-aliens themselves.
The ending you will see coming a mile off.
This film goes up to three stars for me because of both the reasonable acting and the special effects.
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 24 Mar 2014
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To small scale with the action and cast,over hyped and not half as hard hitting as it thinks it is,as Ender who looks around 9! gets picked to be some devil my care military leader and trained up in boring skills games at space school,Harrison Ford looked as Bored as i felt!,i nearly switched it off twice but thought it must get better,the book is suppose to be good?,there was a good twist at the end but really what a bore otherwise,too kid friendly but bland and boring and the few adult moments are not hard hitting enough.The Hunger Games is better in every way over this and you care what happens to the Characters.
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3 of 4 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Ender's Game, 14 Mar 2014
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I have not read the book, so I had no idea what the story was about and had nothing to compare it to. Had I read the book I would not have expected the film to be anything like it because they very rarely are. I watch a film to be entertained and to switch off from reality for a few moments of the day. I found it very entertaining and very watchable. I will be watching it again in the near future too. I watch a lot of films and I thought it was well above average. It was well produced with superb CGI. The acting was good and there was a nice twist in the tail at the end of the film. Overall I thought it was good enough for 5-stars.
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