Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gavin Hood|
|Screenplay by||Gavin Hood|
|Based on||Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card|
|Music by||Steve Jablonsky|
|Editing by||Zach Staenberg|
|Distributed by||Summit Entertainment Lionsgate|
|Running time||114 minutes|
|Box office||$2,744,146 |
Ender’s Game is an American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Directed and written by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion. The cast also includes Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford.
The film was first released in Germany October 24 followed by the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 25. It was released in the United States, Canada and India on November 1 and many other countries from October 30 throughout mid-January of 2014.
After an alien race called the Formics (also known as the “Buggers” in the book) attacks Earth in 2086, the International Fleet prepares for the next invasion by training the best young children to find the future candidate to lead the International Fleet and fill the shoes of the legendary war hero Mazer Rackham. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is pulled out of his Earth school to join the International Fleet and attend the legendary Battle School, located in Earth orbit. He progresses rapidly through a series of increasingly complex war games while simultaneously gaining the respect of his peers. As a result, Ender is soon chosen by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) to be the military’s next Mazer Rackham. The boy progresses to Command School, where he receives training from Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) himself. After a series of grueling battle simulations, Ender leads his peers into a war that will determine the future of Earth and the human race.
Ender’s Game was pretty much straight from the book. There are minor differences; Ender’s age for one, and there is a bit more excitement in the film than I remember from the book. Please take into consideration that I haven’t read the book in twenty years. I think this is one of the better film from novel adaptations in Sci-Fi and I hope to see more great renderings of sci-fi awesome into future movies. The acting was superb, the story thrilling, and most of all the effects and action were top notch. All in all, Ender is a badass character in a badass film! 5 stars – HIGHLY RECOMENDED – MR