Ender's Game

Ender's Game

Director: Gavin Hood Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld


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Ender's Game 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ender’s Game is a thrilling movie about an extremely intelligent, young child, Ender, who goes (along with other chosen children) to an outer space training school to learn how to prepare to fight against Earth’s enemy. Futuristic technological advances play vital roles in making this action-packed film as exciting as it is, by allowing what we would say seems impossible to become possible. For example, when training for intergalactic combat, the children are taken into a zero-gravity room, and their movements can be controlled by a small hand-held device that somehow controls the suits that the launchies are wearing, since the kids themselves cannot really control where they are moving. The use of technology in Ender’s Game also gives great power to the young children by aiding them in fighting skills and tactics. This is similar to how in today’s world, we are always trying to create new devices and pieces of technology that can aid our soldiers in combat. Additionally, H.C.I. is a large component in the beginning of the movie. Before potential fighters are chosen for training, they are all constantly watched over through the application of a small monitor on each child’s neck. This can be considered either a positive advancement in technology, or just a major invasion of privacy, but it definitely is controversial in the same way that new elements of H.C.I. are when developed created in today’s world.
SydneyShepherd11 More than 1 year ago
Very much enjoyed this film adaption. Give us a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harrison Ford looked like he wanted to be anywhere but in this movie and if you were stuck in the theater watching this you would want to be anywhere but there.
Arn More than 1 year ago
It leaves the book for special effects but it entertaining.
Nadina85 More than 1 year ago
Ender's Game as a film had a lot of work to do from the outset. It not only had to overcome years of developmental hell but had to contend with severe controversy surrounding the Orson Scott Card's questionable ideals as well as high expectations from the series' legion of die-hard fans. Now, I haven't ever read the books so I had no basis of comparison when going into the film but I did have high hopes. Based on the trailer, the movie looked awesome! Unfortunately, for me, Ender's Game did not defy the odds. The story follows Ender Wiggin, a newly recruited member of a battle school designed to train young children to fight a war against the alien forces that attacked Earth years prior. Ender finds himself alienated and must overcome incredible pressure from everyone, and most of all, from himself, in order to lead the team to victory. I can't really say if the plot remains faithful to Card's original novel, but I did enjoy the idea of it. For the time it was written, it was probably uniquely original, but being late to the game, I can't say I haven't already seen it all before. Despite the predictability of the storyline, my biggest gripe was that it felt like key elements were missing --- not plot holes exactly, just like critical scenes had been cut at the last minute, like there were gaps in important information. Instead, it relies heavily on these grand info dumps from Wiggin via the narration and the character development and storyline suffer because of this. Another big problem I had was with the story's overall cohesiveness, in that there is none. The whole movie feels as though it takes place in the matter of a week and because of this, there's very little depth. I lost track of time watching it, probably because I was doing other things other than watching it. In short, I just didn't care. You would think that the star-studded cast (Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis & Abigail Breslin) would be enough to save this drowning movie, but alas, such was not the case. Breslin has but a minor role and Davis, arguably the best in her role, isn't featured nearly enough to leave a lasting impression. Ford and Kingsley deliver passable performances, but they hardly shine. And newcomer Asa Butterfield is wooden and stiff in his role as Ender. I don't know if the character in the book is this way, but he's incredibly unrelatable in the film. Things come to him far too easily and I had no idea why he was appointed to be the leader of the group. Nothing he said or did really gave me a good feeling about him. Honestly, I didn't care about a single one of the characters and if you don't care then what's the point? I guess the look and feel of the film were about the only things I think the filmmakers got right. The set and cinematography were spot-on, everything I imagined from the spacey, sci-fi setting. I want to play in that Battle Room. So. Freaking. Amazing. But other than that, Ender's Game was an utter fail as a stand alone movie. If it's done anything positive, it's only made me want to read the book that much more.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
So-called Young Adults may be the intended box-office target, and the Hero is fun to watch in an outer-space Hunger Games spin-up with higher goals. I love scifi, so as an old geezer, I enjoy the special effects, comparing them to the garage-born one-man efforts of the 1950s black-and-white movies. I am amazed at the resolution in HD closeups, where makeup does NOT hide skin problems, intentionally or not? This movie might be an update of the 1950s TV serials, where a young boy is part of the crew AND a hero model for the young boy watching. Think ROCKY JONES SPACE RANGER. The hero here is an amazing actor. The ending seems rushed and tacked on and unbelievable even as it is properly moralistic. As usual, I cannot suggest how to approach a fix for that. Maybe a heartwarming sequel?