Movie Review: “Ender’s Game”

    Ender’s Game is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same by Orson Scott Scard. It was written and directed by Gavin Hood, other-wise known for directing X-Men Origins: Wolverine. (and Academy Award-winning Foreign Language Film Tsotsi. The film stars Asa Butterfield, with a supporting cast composed with the likes of Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

    This film didn’t really have my interest as much as I would have liked when I watched it in theaters. I didn’t know anything about it, I didn’t read the books, and any of that, I was slightly whelmed with the inclusion of Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsly in the cast. I watch a lot of films in theaters, as many as I possibly can, and some of them are films that I fully realize might not be as wholesome as others. I did have some hopes for this one, if only because of the cast.

    Receiving mixed-to-positive reviews from critics and audience-members, Ender’s Game might have been seen as a success. Unfortunately, the film barely succeeding at recouping its budget. And I don’t even know if that’s taking into account how much they spent on marketing. The chances of a sequel adapting the second book looks unlikely because of it. Stranger things have happened, and while lower-tier films like Vampire Academy and Mortal Instruments are evidently finding sequels. Ender’s Game is definitely much higher tier with known cast, so it’s an apple-to-oranges comparison, however.

    The film follows an unusually gifted child that is selected to participate in an advanced military academy. This is all done in preparation of a future alien invasion. Ender’s Game shares details on some of his training, and his experiences within the academy.

    I can’t really think of a more elaborate description for how to explain the plot to Ender’s Game. The key-points are really accomplished in a full short sentences. The film sheds a little light on certain details, although it never really heads into the depth that I would have liked. I think there’s enough material for this film to have almost been an hour longer. That might be excessive considering that the film almost reaches two-hours by itself. I suppose I might as well say that they could have done it differently. I feel they only scratched the surface on some of what they could have done while in the academy. Everything feels only faintly touched upon, and a little remote because of it.

   The acting is capable, as initially expected. None of them are as breathtaking or as inspired as what might be expected from some of the cast-members. Still, it isn’t as if there are any actors bringing down the quality of the film. The premise isn’t nearly as thought-provoking as it could have been. The themes seem like they have a limitless amount of opportunity and only the bare minimum is completed.

    I do like the end of the film, however. Moviegoers that have read the book will be numb to the reveal, but I found it to be the saving grace of the film. The act itself is only shocking to a certain degree, but the thought of it is cool.

    In conclusion, I don’t really have a whole lot to say about this film. Ender’s Game isn’t a bad film. There is no moments while watching that I thought it was a bad film. Instead, Ender’s Game is an interesting film that fails at seizing its own potential. I would have liked to see more with all of the characters, maybe more development to the characters, and more time spent on what could have been some entertaining moments, like how Ender spent his time in the academy. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining and decent film that achieving more than most book-adaptations.

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Rating: – Decent

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