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Plot: 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. Runtime: 114 mins Release Date: 31 Oct 2013
Never having read the book I wasn't hugely anticipating the release of this movie but my wife who read the book many years ago dragged me along. But from the opening scenes right to the climactic finale I was glued to the screen. Asa B and Harry F both give outstanding performances backed up by the totally brilliant supporting cast with a special mention to Sir Ben K big nose and everything. I loved the score, sfx and script all top drawer and a massive improvement on the directors Gavin Hood previous effort wolverine. I have read about the original authors controversial views and could <more>
not see anything that pollutes the film in anyway. Its also a good exercise for Harry F to get his space legs back in preparation for episode 7. In conclusion if you like a good sci fi spectacular go see this movie today, you will not be disappointed.
A book-to-film success. Expect nothing and get the book! (by relativitydrive)
So, if you've read other reviews and thought this will just be someone who's read the book trying to dissuade you from their opinions, it is not so.Yes, I have read the book. Yes, this is a story aimed at children but it was modified after its initial success to be more adult. If you have time the whole 4 books are a rather superb tetralogy and stand as the best-of-the-best of Sci-Fi.As a film of a book you have to understand the truth of it: you can't put all of a book in a film unless you have 8hrs or more. Who would possibly want 8hr films?So, almost all of the meaning and <more>
feeling of the book gets to the film. The adult-ish version of the story drives the film and leaves it where the book left it - ready for further exploration of the central point I'm not going to spoil it of the film and more.I accepted the child actors without trouble unlike, for example, the appalling Harry Potter characterisations. The rest of the cast came over well and nobody drove it from a 'famous' perspective leaving the film to again stand on its own as about the story. All the details you need to understand clearly what was going on were there and done so with the same subtlety as the original.The CGI was good, clear and didn't take over. It was used to propel the story and add to it.Overall I couldn't fault the work. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to further attempts at the following books which will be entirely adult in story and emotion.Don't expect more than it can give you or be prejudiced by reviews and you'll hopefully see what I did in it: a story about our world, the politics of real life, a SciFi fantasy and some emotional discovery.
Asa Butterfield did a brilliant job to portrait the inner turmoil of Ender's ethical dilemma: Defense vs. Offense; Peace vs. War; Survival vs. Annihilation; Right vs. Wrong! This movie also touch base on the topic of bullying and survival, which is prevalent now in this country's school. It's important to know that the only way to battle bullying is to stand up for it, not to be a bystander to watch bullying happening. I read this book long time ago, and I never could picture how the zero G battle room should look like. This film literally brought the book alive with excellent <more>
special effects, and great acting by Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield and Viola Davis! And I love the humor from Bean. It's a great show for the entire family! Enjoy this new era of sci-fi movie!
"Ender's Game" 2013 , directed by the South African Gavin Hood, is a military science fiction film based on Orson Scott Card's cult novel of the same name from 1985. It's a film that is more complex than it initially appears, the exposition-leaden opening thankfully not an indicator of what is to come, with Hood using cinematic techniques to tell the story rather than using any trite narrative clutches such as voice-over. Instead, the script also written by Hood , introduces the figure of Ender, played by a marvellously cold Asa Butterfield, and his submergence into a <more>
future world of complex military strategy. The presence of many other child actors, even the Oscar-nominated Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin fail to make much impact. Yet this isn't a downside as much as it appears; Ender is supposed to be isolated and withdrawn, and it is appropriate for a film seen through his eyes that we scarcely get to known anything more than the broad strokes of personality from his compatriots in "Command School".The older members of the cast though, disappointingly, don't register as much as they need to. Harrison Ford's Colonel Graff is rather one-note, only Ben Kinsley's unconventional character Mazer Rackham being memorable. The script fairly abandons them all to the sidelines and favours Ender above all else; thankfully, Butterfield is more than capable to meet that challenge, delivering an excellent child performance for a none too likable character. He's the film's strongest point.The direction is good, even exhilarating in the scenes of stimulated zero gravity battle. The $110 million budget has been well used, credibly creating orbiting space stations and ships. The future imagined isn't so far from are our world, the suspension of disbelief on the part of the audience not so great. It follows the path of films as diverse as "2001: A Space Odyssey" 1968 and "Minority Report" 2002 that realised the future is made more plausible by having ties to the present.Unfortunately, the ingenious twist ending, which probably works better on the page than it does on the screen, has, by necessity, almost to mould the movie in reverse leaving a curious sense of distance and lack of tension to the climax, while the epilogue goes into a bizarre realm which feels out of tone with the rest of the film.The film is still an enjoyable science fiction movie, professional and well-made, but it suffers from the feeling it may have even been better had it been braver in adapting the source novel and not felt so obliged to try and translate aspects of it that don't work on the silver screen.
Great movie - and I read the book (by kimturgeon-831-375294)
Even though some of the sub-plots from the book are missing from the movie, it does capture the true essence of the story. My 11 year-old son and I both read the book. We saw the movie at a sneak preview in IMAX and we both really liked it. It does include most of the key events from Ender's journey, the acting and effects are wonderful. Yes, the ending is a bit different, but possibly setting up for the next one... Much like the Harry Potter movies, there are bits missing in order to make a reasonable movie time limit. However, the movie does stand on its own and both of my sons the <more>
It's hard to understand the bitter disappointment of readers who stand guard for the book series by completely trashing this excellent movie. I've watched it 3 times without the book to refer to and can't find anything wanting; not the excellent cast, direction, production design, or compelling story. It stands alongside Pacific Rim and Oblivion as one of the trio of overshadowed summer sci-fi films whose unexpected pleasures will make them favorites to the people who give them a chance on DVD. From the fan outcry I take it Ender's Game fails to deliver whatever fans found in <more>
the books and has been watered down on its way to the screen. We all know than adapting a book to a movie is a matter of translating one form to another in the same way that raw wheat needs to be processed if it is to become a cake. Different forms have different requirements and, taken on its own terms, Ender's Game is an excellent film which will have special meaning to young people who can identify with Ender's struggles, hardships, the isolation of school, the expectations of others, bullying, gaming and his own violent temper. Interestingly, other books which were changed in order to be filmed include Blade Runner, 2001:, The Hunger Games, all Harry Potter books, all Shakespeare's works, The Lord Of The Rings books, the James Bond series, Dune, 2000 Leagues Under The Sea, Pinocchio, The Wizard Of Oz, The DaVinci Code and thousands more - many of them became classics just as I predict Ender's Game The Movie will. Go figure.
An exciting adaptation true to the story (by DannyDawg)
Ender's Game is not a perfect film. It rushes through certain important points, and leaves out other parts altogether, instead what you get is a flawed but enjoyable movie that ultimately succeeds, because it always keeps its goal in sight.Certain things about this movie such as the justification for child soldiers, Ansible Technology, and the Genius of the main group of Kids will be best understood by the book readers.The film has wonderful visuals with exciting CGI to showcase the important Battle Room.The Acting by Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield is one of the strengths this project <more>
has. They maintain a tense and believable relationship that is very much like the original story.Ultimately the climax of this movie and its main message is what sets it apart from many other Sci-Fi films. The emotion is very much there, and anyone willing to give this film a try will not be disappointed.
I'll begin by saying that I haven't read the book and had absolutely no idea what to expect. I was therefore pleasantly surprised by what is an exciting science fiction adventure.Harrison Ford is the reason I watched this, and he is first rate. It might be argued that Ford is playing to the gruff stereotype he has essayed in any number of recent films, but I like this performance.The younger members of the cast were unfamiliar to me, but they acquit themselves well. I was drawn into the story and the emoitional journey within.The visuals are stunning. Even the most cynical or jaded <more>
critic cannot deny the movie is beautiful to watch. Worth the cost of a movie ticket.
Very enjoyable movie that doesn't do justice to the book (by clark44)
As a fan of the book, I really wasn't sure I wanted to see this movie. Great books hardly ever adapt into good films. But my friend wanted to see it, so I agreed to tag along on opening night. I have to say, as a movie, it is genuinely enjoyable. The visuals are starkly entrancing without being distracting. The casting is pitch-perfect - Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield, in particular, do a great job. The ending is particularly well done don't worry - it wasn't really spoiled by the trailer . The problem is, it's really just a caricature of the book. The drama in Battle <more>
School moves too quickly, the characters of Peter and Valentine are almost completely absent, and even Ender's video game is sadly underdone. I'm not usually a fan of splitting books into multiple movies, but this is one where two films would have done it justice. Also, the kids are just too old - there's an ironic moment in the movie where two officers talk about how conscripting kids under 15 "used to be illegal", yet all the actors playing the kids look 15 or older!Still, it's a fun ride, and if you hadn't read the book these flaws really wouldn't be apparent. Definitely see it in the theater if you can - the battle room scenes are best on a big screen.