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Ender's Game Reviews

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muffin0681
April 8, 2014
I own this on DVD and Blu-Ray
November 27, 2013
With an excellent cast lined up and some impressive visuals presented in the trailer, Ender's Game sounded like a film which was certainly worth viewing

It is clear that Ender's Game is adapted from a young adult novel because there are certain areas of the film in which is so obviously adheres to that kind of formula. It is hard to believe the story because the concept of children being trained to stand up for an intergalactic war is hard enough to believe on the surface, and yet director Gavin Hood manages to direct the film to less believability by being unable to give the film any more sophistication. During the first half of the film, Ender's Game attempts to set up its story and setting but remains dramatically uninvolving because it is hard to believe that children could really be trained for this kind of thing. Part of this issue comes from the fact that the cast seem a little too juvenile and inexperienced to be able to portray soldiers as well as the cast of Red Dawn did back in 1984 or the cast of Toy Soldiers could back in 1991. I'm usually a sucker for films about youth experiencing the hardships of war, and Toy Soldiers is the single greatest film I have ever seen. But Ender's Game misses the mark because it has children engaging in simulated battles and training exercises the entire film without really explaining much of the relevance of this. Films like Red Dawn or Toy Soldiers had a certain level of inspiring grasp to them, but Ender's Game does not have such a feeling.
The entire story in Ender's Game feels like the first half of a great war film, but considering that it spends the entire 114 minute running time building up to what a war film usually spends the first half of the film building up to, it feels like it has come up very short. The film is all about training soldiers, and an entire film like that seems as if it is building up to a climactic final battle which really shows the characters put themselves into the situation. All the characters are faced with proves to be more training, more situations where they engage in the game of war as they would entirely in a theoretical situation. The film does manage to lightly point out the difference of how a character handles the difference of a simulated battle from an actual ones. The main reason that I wanted to see Ender's Game was because I hoped it would have some entertaining science fiction battle moments, but the fact that they were played off as theoretical exercises made me wonder what the point of it all was. All in all, Ender's Game takes an excessively theoretical approach to dealing with the violent nature of its characters and handling of war, and so it ends up being a bit too shallow for its own good. Ender's Game neglects its potential to be deep and explore the complex concepts of its novel in favour of thin storytelling and a visual spectacle. The latter is a positive, but there is only so far that it can actually go.
Although Ender's Game does not feel like it is set in the future and neither does it seem as if the existence of human beings is under any form of threat, everything does at least look good. The setting for the story focuses in a space station setting which is built on powerful production design and convincing costumes as well as the fact that it is all captured with grand cinematography. And the visual effects of the film are pretty great because although there is a shortage of action, they do manage to produce some interesting action moments, particularly the simulated battle scenes towards the end of the movie. The detail to the design of the film is great, and although it isn't as exhilarating as other science fiction films and lacks a sense of adventure that is present in the more superior examples. Ender's Game does not capture much depth in its limited situation and seems like an overkill spending of $110 million, but it does manage to make itself a decent visual spectacle.
The cast of the film manage to give off a mixed response.
Despite the fact that I find Asa Butterfield to be a wonderful actor, Ender's Game is not a good medium for his acting talents. Asa Butterfield is unable to capture the appropriate emotional tension for that part. It seems like a challenge for him to be able to channel his emotions appropriately. He is able to deliver his lines with a confident understanding of what they mean and he does it with a certain powerful confidence, but I find it hard to believe that he really is Ender Wiggins. He doesn't seem to have the powerful confidence that Ender Wiggins has throughout the story and instead manages to convey a constant sense of reluctance in the part. Asa Butterfield is not up to being able to portray Ender Wiggins as the soldier he is, perhaps this is because he was only 16 at the time of the film's release and perhaps it is because he has not taken on many intense adult themed performances in the past. But either way, he does not get the part right. Asa Butterfield tries and his efforts are present in his understanding of the script, but his actual performance is lacking in the appropriate heart or understanding of insight to achieve what he should be.
Harrison Ford is decent. Although his performance is not perfect as all of the characters seem rather thinly sketched, his presence is welcomed considering he is one of the most iconic pieces of science fiction history for his role as Han Solo in the Star Wars saga. To see him back in science fiction again is exciting, and although the role of Colonel Hyrum Graff is not that much of an exciting one, he sinks into the profile easily. His line delivery is somewhat monotonous and the character seems really artificial, but Harrison Ford does what he can with it and ends up turning in a performance which is half decent at the least.
Hailee Steinfeld manages to turn in a good performance though. Working with a thin character. Haillee Steinfeld manages to turn in a performance which has her delivering her lines with understanding and strength to them as well as a genuine passion for the film. She stays dedicated the entire time and manages to act out the role of Petra Arkanian easily by really sinking herself into the universe of the film. The thin nature that her character is sketched in takes it toll on the overall effect of her performance, but most of the time Hailee Steinfeld is able to overshadow it with her natural acting charisma.
Ben Kingsley is also a genial presence.

So Ender's Game is a film which has some entertaining moments and some strong technical elements to it, but it is overshadowed by a lack of depth, shortage of action, exhilaration and thrills, a lack of consistency in the acting and the fact that it feels like the entire film is building up to a second act which never actually occurs.
July 27, 2014
Bon film de science fiction avec la comparaison de la souplesse d'esprit de ados et de adultes même si ennemi peu crédible.
October 28, 2013
good, but a lot of the book was left out... #hollywoodcrap
July 26, 2014
Don't hate the players. Hate the game.

Having read the book I can say that the the movie follows the book's format fairly well, which is actually part of the problem.
When adapting a book to a movie, they usually change the age in order to keep the cast to one age group (usually teenagers to draw in crowds). Ender's Game is no exception. For those of you who haven't read the book, the beginning starts with Ender at the age of 6. That doesn't happen here, which wouldn't be a problem if the script transitioned with the age (which it doesn't). Plenty of the dialogue felt very childish for gifted TEENAGERS. Another problem with the transition was that they rushed so many people that were loved in the book. The point of having these characters at all in this movie is something I do not understand.
However, some changes were good like the whole Peter and Valentine thing was something I thought was weird in the book and they took it out completely here. However, rushing the characters is a major problem, and the ending I still think is pretty weak ( i feel the same way about the book).
However, the movie's saving grace is its visuals, which look WONDERFUL, especially during the climax. And despite everything I've mentioned about the script, the acting is still very good, especially Asa Butterfield as Ender. Emotionally uninvolving yet visually satisfying, Ender's Game works for what it is.
November 19, 2013
I've been told that if you read the book, you are bound to be severely let down. Fortunately, I did not read it and found this movie entertaining
Ben H.
July 25, 2014
It was an enjoyable movie. I hope they come out with a second one.
July 24, 2014
What's redeeming is what's left of the source material. Some cool special effects too, like watching a 2D space fighter game on the PS3.
Salah A.
February 1, 2014
With good performances and fantastic visuals. "Ender's Game" still manages to entertain even though the story felt incomplete.
July 23, 2014
I hope Asa Butterfield gets a good movie career out of this, because he's probably the only one in the whole film actually trying to act with some sort of conviction.
The special effects are nice ,though, and it does have Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford in the same movie. So there's that.
July 23, 2014
Ender is a great character. It is good to see arrogance in such a young man.
July 21, 2014
Fun and entertaining movie!
ajaymuthecooldevils
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July 20, 2014
A great story with great cast but such a waste since the execution didn't turn out to be a perfect one.. Given a wonderful cast such as Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, and Sir Ben Kingsley and all you can make is a decent movie?? Well there's definitely something wrong here.. For the story itself, I think they could write a better script since the ending quite disappointing for me.. Overall, it's still a nice movie to be watched with family and it's quite entertaining, but too bad it could have been a great one..
AndrewScaife
July 16, 2014
A pretty fantastic movie. A straightforward story about a boy that is destined to become "The One" and win the war against an ever improving army of aliens.
Great plot and story.
In the end you start to believe in the characters and want them to win.
Andrew Targaryen
September 28, 2013
Ender's Game is a fun summer sci-fi flick full of engaging action scenes and a nice ensemble cast, but it lacks the deep themes and characters of its source material.
July 12, 2014
Kingsley is simply a magician...different in every role. Love that. The kids are great in this too. Ford is, as always for me, gruff and sometimes irritating. It's not bad as sci/fi goes.
katetzlaff
July 11, 2014
Great movie. Very entertaining and good graphics.
July 11, 2014
RECOMENDADA - CIENCIA FICCIÓN En el año 2070, la humanidad está en guerra con una raza alienígena, de seres similares a hormigas gigantes. Luego de haber fracasado en su primera invasión, el futuro de la raza humana depende de una alianza mundial que se basa en el uso de niños con un nivel de exigencia extraordinario, cuyas principales habilidades se basen en la sobrevivencia y la estrategia. En este ambiente, aparece Ender (Asa Butterfield), un joven que llama la atención del Coronel Hylumm Graff (Harrison Ford) por sus capacidades de liderazgo y estrategia bélica. Graff cree que Ender puede llegar a liderar la batalla final contra los 'insectores'. La segunda invasiòn a la tierra había sido detenida por Mazer Rackham (.Ben Kingsley), quien ha pasado a ser una leyenda. La humanidad teme una tecera invasiòn y deposita su destino en las manos del niño prodigio, Ender.
Está basado en el libro de Orson Scott Card. El libro, aparentemente, (porque no lo he leído) es más complejo, pues incluye una lucha de poderes entre los paìses poderosos de la tierra con el fin de gobernar el mundo y decidir el destino de la guerra. La pelìcula se centra en Ender y su historia, mientras el libro abarcaría facetas màs psicològicas y antropològicas, muy interesantes por lo que el autor Orson Scott Card fue premiado.
La película nos llevará a través del desarrollo de la personalidad del niño como un líder y sabio en estrategia militar. Te atrapa de principio a fin. Una de las que más he disfrutado de Ciencia Ficciòn
July 11, 2014
I dont think half the people reviewing this were watching the same movie as me, sure it is not for everyone but everything is there and i wouldn't mind watching it again that's why it gets four stars from me not five because it drags on a little bit but what a fun ride.
corytresegmailcom
July 10, 2014
Should have been great. The ending felt like it was rushed. So much talent spent on so little story.
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