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Ender's Game (2013)

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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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Peter Wiggin (as Jimmy Jax Pinchak)
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Stilson (as Caleb Thaggard)
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Slattery (Leopard Army)
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The Earth was ravaged by the Formics, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Fifty 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 future must be won See more »

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Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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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)  »

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El juego de Ender  »

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$110,000,000 (estimated)

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$27,017,351 (USA) (3 November 2013)

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$61,737,191 (USA)
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Gavin Hood: the giant in the Mind Game. See more »

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In Ender's first team, in several different sequences during the movie when the team is at attention, the blonde girl on the left side and the black girl on the right side appear and reappear within the same scene. 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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This film included an "undomesticated quadruped wrangler". See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Paths of Glory (2015) 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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Very enjoyable movie that doesn't do justice to the book
1 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a fan of the book, I really wasn't sure I wanted to see this movie. Great books hardly ever adapt into good films. But my friend wanted to see it, so I agreed to tag along on opening night.

I have to say, as a movie, it is genuinely enjoyable. The visuals are starkly entrancing without being distracting. The casting is pitch-perfect - Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield, in particular, do a great job. The ending is particularly well done (don't worry - it wasn't really spoiled by the trailer).

The problem is, it's really just a caricature of the book. The drama in Battle School moves too quickly, the characters of Peter and Valentine are almost completely absent, and even Ender's video game is sadly underdone. I'm not usually a fan of splitting books into multiple movies, but this is one where two films would have done it justice. Also, the kids are just too old - there's an ironic moment in the movie where two officers talk about how conscripting kids under 15 "used to be illegal", yet all the actors playing the kids look 15 or older!

Still, it's a fun ride, and if you hadn't read the book these flaws really wouldn't be apparent. Definitely see it in the theater if you can - the battle room scenes are best on a big screen.


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