Years ago an alien insectoid race called Formics invaded Earth only to be defeated in a questionable stroke of brilliance. Since that time the military has become convinced preteen children directing battle operations with technology is our best hope for survival, including recruit Andrew “Ender” Wiggin.
Asa Butterfield (Ender), Harrison Ford (Col. Graff), Hailee Steinfeld (Petra), Abigail Breslin (Valentine), Ben Kingsley (Mazer Rackham), Viola Davis (Maj. Anderson), Aramis Knight (Bean), Suraj Partha (Alai), Moises Arias (Bonzo), Nonso Anozie (Sgt. Dap).
Ender’s Game begins with some decent background alongside character introductions. The plot here, if you haven’t read the book, is somewhat hidden at the start of the film. Essentially the military on Earth is preparing for a second invasion of the Formics and believes preteen children the best hope. The recruits are put through extensive training simulations and being part of the military is considered an honor. Ender is found to be an exception strategist as we follow him through recruitment. The story wraps up nicely with a twist and setup for a sequel.
Acting was pretty good with Butterfield doing well in a challenging role. Ford and Davis contributed well as always. Kingsley was once again in an unusual role but pulled it off nicely. Steinfeld, Breslin, Knight and the rest of the supporting cast were good.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were well done and the film appears to have had a good budget. CGI was extensive in this one, they really had no choice, and was solid throughout. Action scenes were well choreographed and realistic. Dialogue was very entertaining and moved the story along at a good pace. Sound and soundtrack were enjoyable.
Ender’s Game is a reasonable adaptation of the book. As always, some emotion and nuance is lost in an adaptation but regardless, Ender’s Game is an enjoyable film and a good choice for family movie night.
With violence, sci-fi action, and aliens, this should be fine for preens and above.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi Adventure, Book Adaptations
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