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Ender's Game (2013)

PG-13  |   |  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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Alai (as Suraj Parthasarathy)
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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

Since the book's publication in 1985, Orson Scott Card claims he has fielded numerous options from Hollywood studios to produce a film, but he persistently refused in order to maintain the integrity of his vision. When he co-founded Fresco Pictures in 1996, Card decided to screen-write the film himself. However, the film remained unmade for another 17 years. When it was eventually made in 2013, Card's screenplay was not used. Card was given a producer credit on the film, though it was stated by the studio (after a boycott of the film was instigated by LGBT fans who oppose Card's anti-gay beliefs) that this was merely an honorary credit. See more »

Goofs

The Battle Center's gravity is portrayed inconsistently. The gravity is generated by centripetal force (the rotating circles). However, in the gates at the entrance to the arena, it is clearly not spinning. This would mean, then, that there is no gravity in this hallway - yet the people who stand in the gate are clearly standing on the ground with gravity. (The issue is raised in Chapter 7 of the book, when Ender is talking about all sorts of mysteries with Petra Arkanian) and is left unanswered.) 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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Peace Sword in B Minor (Open Your Heart)
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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An exciting adaptation true to the story
30 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ender's Game is not a perfect film. It rushes through certain important points, and leaves out other parts altogether, instead what you get is a flawed but enjoyable movie that ultimately succeeds, because it always keeps its goal in sight.

Certain things about this movie such as the justification for child soldiers, Ansible Technology, and the Genius of the main group of Kids will be best understood by the book readers.

The film has wonderful visuals with exciting CGI to showcase the important Battle Room.

The Acting by Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield is one of the strengths this project has. They maintain a tense and believable relationship that is very much like the original story.

Ultimately the climax of this movie and its main message is what sets it apart from many other Sci-Fi films. The emotion is very much there, and anyone willing to give this film a try will not be disappointed.


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