Ender's GameNovember 18, 2013
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.
Release Year: 2013
Rating: 7.2/10 (9,064 voted)
Director: Gavin Hood
The Earth was ravaged by the Formics, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Seventy years later, the people of Earth remain banded together to prevent their own annihilation from this technologically superior alien species. Ender Wiggin, a quiet but brilliant boy, may become the savior of the human race. He is separated from his beloved sister and his terrifying brother and brought to battle school in orbit around earth. He will be tested and honed into an empathetic killer who begins to despise what he does as he learns to fight in hopes of saving Earth and his family.
The future must be won
Filming Locations: Michoud Assembly Facility – 13800 Old Gentilly Road, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $28,000,000
(1 November 2013)
(1 November 2013)
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For the wirework in the battle room, the actors trained for a month with individual Cirque du Soleil members so they could do the wire performances themselves. See more »
Ender's Game had a lot of work to do from the outset. The movie had to
overcome years of development hell, a questionable production team and
controversy surrounding the authors political ideals.
But despite all the odds, Ender's Game winds up as a very good movie
that just barely misses on being a great one.
The story follows our hero Ender Wiggin, a newly recruited member of a
battle school designed to train young people to prepare to war with a
deadly alien force. Ender finds himself often alienated and must
overcome incredible pressure from everywhere.
The story remains very faithful to Orson Scott Cards original novel,
even small details that are not on surface crucial to the story are
present, so its clear the film-makers did their best to make it as
close to the book as they could. Only one major sub-plot about Ender's
siblings back home on earth is omitted (which in my opinion was a wise
choice, because taking the story away from battle school would have
hurt the flow of the film).
The actors are great, Asa Butterfield absolutely owns the role of Ender
Wiggin, effortlessly switching emotional gears when needed. Harrison
Ford as Colonel Graff is clearly having a lot of fun in this movie,
it's the liveliest the actor has been in years. Other supporters like
Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld and Ben Kingsley also bring a lot of
charisma to the screen and make even small roles memorable.
Perhaps the films biggest strength is its production design, the
technical team did an outstanding job of bringing the environments of
the battle school to life, the zero gravity combat scenes being some of
the films biggest highlights.
It's not all perfect however, there is a little problem with some of
the heavy exposition dumps in the film. Plus a couple of the actors
(most notably Viola Davis) seem lost and don't know what kind of movie
they're supposed to be doing.
The biggest problem with Ender's Game is the incredibly fast pace,
which isn't an immediate issue, but a lot of story and character
development suffers. We're barely 10 minutes into the movie before
Ender is blasted off to battle school. All the back story about Ender
and his family, his turbulent relationship with his older brother Peter
and his delicate relationship with this sister Valentine, plus a lot of
the history of the alien invasion are largely skimmed over and this
lack of depth hurts the movie. This and also the fact that no-one seems
to age throughout the film gives the impression that this whole thing
is taking place in a very short amount of time, unlike the novel which
But the whole time the film builds towards a really remarkable
conclusion, one that when it come is both morose and uplifting. It's
one of the most striking endings to a film like this in a long time.
Overall its a really good movie that I would highly recommend, it's far
more that the Star Wars meets Hunger Games tag its been given by so