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  • Actors: Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis
  • Directors: Gavin Hood
  • Format: PAL, Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar. 2014
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (687 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AW9MB4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,146 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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?

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In the near future, a hostile alien race have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future leader. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Mar. 2014
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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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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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SPOILER WARNING, THIS REVIEW MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS

“Ender's Game” is a film based on Orson Scott Card's award-winning science fiction novel of the same title. Apparently, Card was involved in the movie adaptation. I never read the novel, and I admit that the film isn't one of my favorites. It is slow-paced and somewhat boring, with some characters looking like slapstick stereotypes (Bonzo comes to mind). The acting leaves something to be desired, too (again Bonzo comes to mind).

The premise is interesting, though.

The plot is set in the distant future after a brutal alien attack on Earth. It's implied at several points that the aliens are highly evolved social insects. Humanity pulls itself together and plans a counter-attack against the alien home world. Earth's space ships are remote controlled by specially trained children (sic). The battle bruised commanding officer Hyrum Graff, starred by an aged Harrison Ford, is looking for a kid with sociopathic tendencies and believes he has found the perfect candidate in Ender Wiggin. However, Ender turns out to be an empath with paranormal abilities and decides to play a game all his own, which could decide the fate of two civilizations…

Avid watchers of syfy on TV or cinema will duly note similarities with “Babylon 5”, “Starship Troopers” and perhaps even “Harry Potter”!

“Ender's Game” contain a number of unexpected twists, but it isn't until the very end that we get to know the full picture of what's really going on. And by then, I was frankly bored, since most of the film deals with Ender's training at a space station, and a very superficial treatment of his relationships with the other cadets.
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