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2.0 out of 5 stars “Ender’s Pain…” - ENDER'S GAME on BLU RAY..., 19 Mar 2014
This review is from: Ender's Game [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Coming at you like a poor man’s hybrid of “Starship Troopers” without the balls while nicking bits of “Independence Day” and even using the bugs of “The Quatermass Experiment” – “Ender’s Game” has all the right bits in the trailer to sucker you in – but ends up being a crushing bore.

The world has been attacked by swarms of spindly machines and almost destroyed – but for the heroics of one fighter pilot who flew his jet into the Mothership. Now the world is waiting and preparing cadets for attack number two. Cue pubescent kids who are trained in Space Academies in the art and strategies of war. Will a leader arise who will save humanity (and get the girl)?

What makes this suck so much is that large parts of the movie are spent in a space dock training simulator where our cadets float around in natty uniforms shooting silly stun lasers at each other. It seems to go on an on and with little point. In between this there’s all manner of macho bonding and knowing smiles and fights in the shower for supremacy. Overseeing all of this old hat storyline is Harrison Ford and later Ben Kingsley who both seem to have nailed their monotone space commander droning voices to a tee. They got paid handsomely for this crap. When the final battle comes – you feel like you’ve been dragged through a child’s space romp that wants to be all grown up but just doesn’t having the chops to deliver.

It looks great of course in places (rockets taking off from Earth – the station in space) – but mostly it just feels silly – and worse none of the kids are compelling to watch or show any real star quality – especially the scrawny lead.

It’ll be in the bargain bins in weeks. A rental at best I‘m afraid - but not one to buy…
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Initial post: 22 Mar 2014 16:43:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Mar 2014 19:00:13 GMT
James g says:
Spot on review,really poor film the twist with Ender playing the final game not knowing what was really going on was the only good part!.Ender came across like a little nutter and Harrison Ford went through the motions and seemed to be there for the pay check.Bland and boring i bet even kids would find it rubbish.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 00:00:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2014 00:01:55 GMT
M. B. Sakey says:
You both obviously missed the whole point of the movie. It's a psychological drama. Not some space cowboy 'shoot-em-up' like Starwars or Starship Troopers. The practice battles - which you dismiss so lightly - are to show that whenever Ender wins - which he always does, even after they've given him an army of everyone else's rejects and some new recruits - they (Graff and co.) change the rules! They keep stacking the odds against him forcing him to come up with new ideas. (Perhaps you really needed to read the book to pick up on that fact because there are many more battles - then again, you might not have understood why it was happening) Ender is also a 'third' - ie. a third child born to a family in a time when families are limited to 2 offspring. Because of that he is despised by the other children... which is the cause of the bullying at the start of the film (perhaps you also missed that point) The military let this be known to the other recruits to see how he reacts... the same way as when he ends up in the fight in the bathroom - Graff knows all about it but just lets it play out to see what happens - even though (in the book) Ender is only 11 and his antagonist is 14 and much bigger. The constant stacking of the odds against him eventually causes Ender to quit battle school - he has had enough of being screwed over by Graff - but Graff realises that he is still their best hope/candidate and uses Ender's sister to persuade him to go to battle school where he does further training. At some stage the new training changes to reality - but Ender is not told that because they don't want him to feel remorse or guilt over the killing of the enemy or realise that when he loses ships in parts of a 'game', human soldiers are actually dying! (In the book, Bean is the first to figure that out but still keeps it secret from Ender!) That is one of the major points of the film - DECEPTION. The military have been decieving him and setting him up all along and still let him think it is all just a game right up until the end. When Ender does find out that he has wiped out another race and sacrificed real soldiers as a part of his 'game' strategies he is devastated. That is the purpose of the final scenes - when he also realises that the 'aliens' (for want of a better word) had already realised his importance in the scheme of things and had tried to communicate with him through the 'game' on his desktop. (perhaps you didn't pick up on that fact)

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 12:19:53 GMT
Mark Barry says:
Thanks for your well thought out and detailed points but it doesn't escape the fact that the film is a bore - and I'm clearly not the only one with this opinion.

If the books are better then I accept that - but they sure did them a disservice with this movie...

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014 15:49:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2014 18:40:06 GMT
James g says:
I got all the points in the film but it was neither hard hitting or entertaining.
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