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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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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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The enemy's gate is down See more »

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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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Portions of the film were shot at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, where the massive external tanks for the space shuttle program were constructed. See more »

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An ant queen does not control the individuals in her colony, but simply forms its reproductive system. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Written by Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins, Steven Drozd, Kliph Scurlock and Derek Brown
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Produced by The Flaming Lips, Scott Booker and Dave Fridmann
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The Ender Effect
1 February 2014 | by (Windsor ON) – See all my reviews

It's hard to understand the bitter disappointment of readers who stand guard for the book series by completely trashing this excellent movie. I've watched it 3 times without the book to refer to and can't find anything wanting; not the excellent cast, direction, production design, or compelling story. It stands alongside Pacific Rim and Oblivion as one of the trio of overshadowed summer sci-fi films whose unexpected pleasures will make them favorites to the people who give them a chance on DVD. From the fan outcry I take it Ender's Game fails to deliver whatever fans found in the books and has been watered down on its way to the screen. We all know than adapting a book to a movie is a matter of translating one form to another in the same way that raw wheat needs to be processed if it is to become a cake. Different forms have different requirements and, taken on its own terms, Ender's Game is an excellent film which will have special meaning to young people who can identify with Ender's struggles, hardships, the isolation of school, the expectations of others, bullying, gaming and his own violent temper. Interestingly, other books which were changed in order to be filmed include Blade Runner, 2001:, The Hunger Games, all Harry Potter books, all Shakespeare's works, The Lord Of The Rings books, the James Bond series, Dune, 2000 Leagues Under The Sea, Pinocchio, The Wizard Of Oz, The DaVinci Code and thousands more - many of them became classics just as I predict Ender's Game The Movie will. Go figure.


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Please read: I want your opinion on the story of Ender's Game. WingsOfWax
Am I the only person who enjoyed the movie? ekhobella
Didn't read the book, the ending sucked americandesik5
Why Ender's Game fails as an adaptation starfish69
For me, Ender was a fool in the end. cirobolzani
Better than the book, but what a ridiculous premise... WingsOfWax
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