Adaptation of the beloved science fiction novel starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Abigail Breslin. 70 years after a brutal war with an alien race, young Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin (Asa Butterfield, Hugo) is selected for Battle School to hone his military skills and defeat them once and for all.... More
To prevent future attacks by the Formics, hostile insect-like aliens who killed tens of millions when they attempted to colonise Earth, the Battle School was established to find the world's most talented young strategists. Led by the esteemed Colonel Graff (Ford), the school's job is to enlist and train the world's best tactical minds - one of whom, the shy but brilliant Ender, quickly establishes himself as humanity's greatest hope. Trained in combat and space warfare, Ender is also ruthlessly psychologically manipulated as the Battle School attempts to mould him into their ultimate weapon against the Formics.
Orson Scott Card's novel, published in 1985, is the first in a series of twelve. The first two are considered amongst the most influential science fiction of the 1980s.Hide
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BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
It’s been a long time coming, but Orson Scott Card’s revered sci-fi novel has finally hit the big screen. Much of the wait likely had to do with waiting for technology to make an adaptation possible – lifelike zero gravity and deep space manoeuvres being critical to the film. Yes, a bit like Gravity, which outshines Ender’s Game visually in some departments. But since Gravity doesn’t have aliens, massive space battles and kids pummelling the crap out of each other, that’s a bit of an unfair comparison.... More
What Ender’s Game has going for it is a more robust, unpredictable and downright grim narrative than many of the young adult fiction adaptations the movie looks like. That’s because, despite the age of many core cast and the way the film first appears, that’s not what the novel is. This is sci-fi fare that’s fine for teens to see, but it’s not written solely with them in mind.
Bringing the character of Ender to life, Asa Butterfield (Hugo) turns in an impressive performance. Whether confident or conflicted, he’s always convincing as a youngster trained from birth as a master strategist and mankind’s great hope. As his mentor (sometime tormentor) Colonel Graff, Harrison Ford’s gruffness is the best thing he’s done in years, maybe even more than a decade. And the esteemed Ben Kingsley will provide unexpected comic relief for Kiwis, arriving complete with moko, half-Maori genes and a Kiwi accent that is hilariously terrible at times.
While the supporting characters often seem to come and go, and some elements of the novel not as thoroughly explored as some may expect, that’s because there’s a lot of story to get through. This efficient adaptation proves extremely watchable, and still packs an emotional punch.Hide
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BY thorinoak superstar
Ben Kingsley's Maori accent was the best thing about this film. And thats saying ALOT.
BY Richard-Falkner wannabe
You end up sitting through a bunch of cheesy child-army raising by Harrison Ford, utilising every cheesy army/sci fi trope you could hope to avoid. You wait in the hope that Sir Ben Kingsley will save the day. And then he arrives and says "My dad was Murray. You thought I was did, dudn't you?". Sorry, I would give this review more detail, but the movie sucked my energy.
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