run time: 114 mins
considered: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
starring: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley
movie summary: The International Military seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind, is recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: Ender’s Game is every boy’s video game obsession turned into life and earth saving reality.
Somewhere in the near future, an alien race attacks Earth and wipes out hundreds of millions of people, which leads to the creation of the International Military force. Ender Wiggins (Asa Butterfield) is recruited after years of searching for the perfect candidate to train and lead Earth’s armies into the future battles.
Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) recruits Ender because of his personality and superior intelligence. He is put through a series of rigorous boot camps to test his battle skills, mental stability, determination to be the best, and his ability to obey his superiors. Ender is quickly promoted much to the displeasure of his fellow soldiers. He out smarts everyone around him and develops an attitude with his superior officers, which forces Graff to give him command of his own unit.
Graff recruits the best people from Ender’s previous units and forms them into a new platoon. After a few successful hands on battle tests, the group is brought to a space station on a nearby planet for their final exam. Under little supervision or instruction, the group is given just five days to simulate a winning strategy to defeat the alien race and their entire army.
Tension builds after a few days because the kids keep failing. On the final day, under the watchful eye of all the International Military’s superior officers, Ender must lead his group into battle with a victory or all their training will have been a waste. He believes that he can pull off the victory without full military tactics, but this goes against everything he has been forced to learn and carry out through out his training.
My initial thoughts on Ender’s game was this movie would be similar to Tron and that I would have no interest in seeing it. A few of my friends expressed interest so we went together. I was impressed with the special effects and the futuristic way wars would be fought. The recruit’s training course was an original idea with out of this world features. The casting for the movie was pretty good, with Asa Butterfield stealing the show with his performance. I was happy that this movie wasn’t in 3D, and despite reviews that say the movie isn’t as good as the book, it was worth the watch.
my star rating: 6 out 10