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Ender's Game (2013) Poster

(2013)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Ender says to Stilson, "One on one, then why are your buddies holding me?" Just before he starts talking he moves his lips, clearly saying something, but no sound is heard.
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Character error 

Colonel Graff remarks that Napoléon Bonaparte "conquered the known world," which is absolutely untrue. First, in the time of the Emperor Napoleon I, the basic coastal geography of all continents except Antarctica was already known, so "known world" is a tautology in this case. Second, although Napoleon conquered a large area in Europe and briefly controlled some colonies in the Americas, his realm at its furthest expansion was only a small part of the whole world. Its strength lay in its population centers and trade routes, not its square mileage. It never matched the size of either the British Empire or the Russian Empire, both of whom were his frequent enemies. Napoleon's obsessive attempts to cripple those two empires backfired on him and led to his downfall.
When Bonzo is marching with the Salamander army and his cadence as they march to the game... when he gets onto the platform it is clearly visable that he is still singing the cadence but his lips do not move.
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Both Wiggin and Graff refer to "Zero-G". Although this term is fairly commonly used, it should not be, as such a situation does not exist. Gravity extends further than any force in the universe, even keeping stars in their orbits around galaxies at distances of tens of thousands of light-years. Gravity also keeps objects in orbit around the Earth, as depicted in this instance. People float around because they are moving in "free fall" at the same velocity at their spacecraft. The correct term to use to describe this state is "weightlessness".
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Continuity 

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.
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Factual errors 

An ant queen does not control the individuals in her colony, but simply forms its reproductive system.
The launch acceleration is much too high. It appears to be about 6g, which would probably have caused a number of the cadets to black out. The Saturn V that launched the Apollo astronauts reached a very brief peak acceleration of 4g with the 1st stage. The other stages didn't produce more than 2g (stage 2) or 0.75g (stage 3).
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

When Ender is being promoted to Salamander army. On the screen it shows for him to go left out of the room he is in, but when he leaves he turns right.
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After Bonzo breaks his skull, 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.

Revealing mistakes 

During the discussion between Ender, Rackham, Graff on the colony planet, the "Ta moko" (Maori facial tattoo) on Mazer Rackham's nose is "peeling" at the edges.

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