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Ender's Game (2013)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  1 November 2013 (USA)
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Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.

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Storyline

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. Written by CrystalSinger45, Jesse Daniels, strouda56

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sci-fi action and thematic material. | See all certifications »

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1 November 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El juego de Ender  »

Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,017,351 (USA) (1 November 2013)

Gross:

$61,656,849 (USA) (3 January 2014)
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Trivia

To achieve the effect of weightlessness for the actors in the battle room, two rigs were invented for this movie, used to capture zero gravity scenes. First was a lollipop arm, which is like a counter-balance offering a full range of motion. The second innovation was a "people crane." It's a contraption, sort of like the lollipop arm, but put on air pucks so that the effects is like you are floating around in the air. See more »

Goofs

During the fight between Ender and Bonzo in the shower, Bonzo falls and hits his head. In the close-up shots, the edge of the shower stall is at the middle of the back of Bonzo's head and there is several inches of space between Bonzo's shoulders and the edge. But in the long shots, Bonzo's entire head is lying on the shower edge and there is no space between his shoulders and the edge. See more »

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Ender Wiggin: Fifty years ago an alien force known as the Formics attacked Earth. Tens of millions died. It was only through the sacrifice of our greatest commander that we avoided total annihilation. We've been preparing for them to come back ever since. The International Fleet decided that the world's smartest children are the planet's best hope. Raised on war games, their decisions are intuitive, decisive, fearless. I am one of those recruits.
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There are no opening credits. The film's title doesn't appear until the start of the closing credits. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.18 (2013) See more »

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Peace Sword in B Minor (Open Your Heart)
Written by Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins, Steven Drozd, Kliph Scurlock and Derek Brown
Performed by The Flaming Lips
Produced by The Flaming Lips, Scott Booker and Dave Fridmann
The Flaming Lips appear courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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A rushed sound-bite movie - a disappointment
27 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have no problem with movies based on books if they are done well.

For me, doing them badly involves quoting a couple of pages near verbatim then tearing out and ignoring the next twenty. In my view, this is what has been done in adapting Ender's Game, the remnants have been stacked together as a bunch of sound-bites and run at fast forward speed, leaving no time for character progression and the growth of friendships that is the mainstay to the original story.

It may be that, like Philip Pullman's Dark Materials Trilogy, this was an unmakeable film so we should perhaps thank them for their brave effort that didn't quite make it.

In failing, the film is a testament to the writing of Card that he could cram so much story into just 350 paperback pages that it couldn't been captured in 2 hours on the screen.

And finally, Ben Kingsley's performance, what a shocker! Think we'll see more of Asa Butterfield though.


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