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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Movie Review: Ender's Game

Could you handle carrying the knowledge that the fate of a planet rests in your hands? In November 2013, a young boy struggled with that, but pushed on for that same reason.

Directing this 114 minute action/adventure/sci-fi is Gavin Hood.

Gearing up to protect the human race is: Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, Abigail Breslin as Valentine Wiggin, Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian, Moises Arias as Bonzo Madrid, Harrison Ford as Col. Graff, Viola Davis as Maj. Gwen Anderson and Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham.

In the year 2086, Earth was attacked by an alien race known as the Formics. If not for the heroic act of Commander Mazer Rackham, the alien forces may not have been stopped. However, Earth was still concerned the Formics might try again. Fearing annihilation from this highly advanced race, the International
Military trains the best young minds, searching for the individual that will lead fellow soldiers into battle and hopefully become the next young Mazer. Colonel Graff sees the potential and believes that the brilliant young mind they've been looking for could be Ender Wiggin. Quickly, Wiggin's life becomes a blur of training and lessons, preparing him for what could be the epic battle for Earth's future.

First off, this was a cooler movie than I expected. The special effects were really good. Storyline was interesting but I can't say it held my full attention. Playthrough never gets too slow, you always have something going on. Now, the down side to having something always going on: In this case it was lacking the time to connect to the characters and the plot points are packed in. You see there are delimas, pain and struggles but you don't really feel it. The end of the movie was thrown in just before the credits, and didn't really fit the flow of the movie. I'll even take into consideration that this movie was based on the the book Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, which was followed by three more books. Maybe, they're setting up for a sequel (like most movies do nowadays), but the quick attempt was forced and left me wanting. Problem, that wanting was not for a sequel. Now, the cast did a great job, especially Burtterfield (Ender Wiggin). Bonus, seeing Harrison Ford in sci-fi never gets old, even if he's not piloting a ship through the stars with a hairy co-pilot. Overall, it's an average movie with some really cool special effects. If you've got money burning a hole in your pocket... I guess give it a go. Otherwise, I'd wait for the dollar shows and take the kids.

It's rated PG 13 for violence

3 stars


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