Ender's Game (2013)

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Critic Consensus: If it isn't quite as thought-provoking as the book, Ender's Game still manages to offer a commendable number of well-acted, solidly written sci-fi thrills.

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In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race. Based on the best-selling, award winning novel, ENDER'S GAME is an epic adventure which stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. -- (C) Summit
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PG-13 (for some violence, sci-fi action and thematic material)
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Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Harrison Ford
as Colonel Hyram Graff
Asa Butterfield
as Ender Wiggin
Hailee Steinfeld
as Petra Arkanian
Abigail Breslin
as Valentine Wiggin
Moises Arias
as Bonzo Madrid
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak
as Peter Wiggin
Conor Carroll
as Bernard
Khylin Rhambo
as Dink Meeker
Ben Kingsley
as Mazer Rackham
Viola Davis
as Major Gwen Anderson
Nonso Anozie
as Sergeant Dap
Tony Mirrcandani
as Admiral Chjamrajnager
Edrick Browne
as Eros Tech Officer Hendee
Han Soto
as Lieutenant Soto
Jasmine Kaur
as Professor
Wendy Miklovic
as Female Doctor
Kyle Clements
as Young Mazer Rackham
Brandon Soo Hoo
as Fly Molo
Andrea Powell
as Theresa Wiggin
Stevie Ray Dallimore
as John Wiggin
Cameron Gaskins
as Slattery (Leopard Army)
Caleb Thaggard
as Stilson
Chris Coakley
as Stilson Buddy #1
Chase Walker
as Stilson Buddy #2
Gavin Hood
as Giant
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Critic Reviews for Ender's Game

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (42)

Enough people attended Ender's Game last weekend to place it at the top of the box office. But could any of them have known how profoundly unspectacular an experience they were in for?

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
Grantland
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While the picture loses some plot tension by assuring the viewer that Ender is basically an okay kid, it gains by showing the growth of the boy into his destiny as "the One."

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Straightforward, a bit literal-minded, very faithful to the book and largely compelling.

Full Review… | November 18, 2013
Salon.com
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If you dislike child actors, you might derive a perverse satisfaction from seeing dozens of them look so unhappy to be onscreen.

Full Review… | November 18, 2013
Chicago Reader
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There are times when a certain grimness weighs on the movie that you wish for more humor. But overall it's an absorbing and thought-provoking spectacle.

Full Review… | November 18, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Hard to comprehend and even harder to endure.

Full Review… | November 4, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ender's Game

This is not a game. Good Movie! Despite all the odds, Ender's Game winds up as a very good movie that just barely misses on being a great one. 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. Overall though, this film was worth the long gestation period. It delivers more than we had a right to expect. Orson Scott Card may be homophobic but the powerful message at the heart of this film says much more than the average Hollywood film is capable of delivering. 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.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Meaningless with little thought to bigger issues. Really not acted or executed well. I'd prefer watching a rerun of Star Wars. Also, the fact that the story was written by the anti-equality NOM man Card makes the film unworthy of the time of fair-minded audiences.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

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..

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

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