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This is one of the most hyped and biggest let downs of the modern age.
The hype for this film made it one to look out for, and I looked forward to its release.
However, upon viewing I cannot tell you enough how bad it is.
Im no fan boy of the original books and had never heard of the volumes in question and I have to say I wont be reading the books anytime soon.
Starting off with the "acting" skills of the leads in this film...I have a carpenter friend with less wooden materials in his work shop. Asa Butterfield is principle as the mighty oak, with no depth in character and no warmth at all as the lead. Ben Kingsley (Pine) has in one film ruined his career. Harrison Ford (Douglas fir) is obviously after one more paycheck at the expense of any artistic integrity... I guess you can see how much I think the casting sucks.
I read elsewhere that this is just Harry Potter in space and I inclined to agree with that statement. If your over 30 and have half a brain cell, you'll not like this one bit. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.
This shows one of the great IMDb mysteries of how such an awful film has a 7.2 average.
Hmph. If I said this move was dull it would be a complete
understatement. It was nearly as bad as Battlefield Earth and that was
pretty dreadful (mind you, the book of Battlefield Earth is great).
Luckily I went on half price day at the local cinema.
Anyway, I'm a Sci-fi movie veteran and sadly Enders Game will be shuffled to the back of my list of memorable Sci-Fi movies. Not right at the back but very close. It reminded me of 1984 movie 'The Last Starfighter' that as I recall was much more entertaining.
Now, I'll be the first to admit that I am a huge fan of Harrison Ford. But why he's in this move I have no idea. What a waste of his talent. He is rumoured for Star Wars 7 and if so, I hope they make him less grumpy in that. I can only liken to his scripted portrayal of recruiting Officer Colonel Graff to Victor Meldrew .in space (if you don't know who that is then look it up).
Yet again we see Enders Game relying on the recent and now predictable familiar Hollywood sci-fi movie making format. Basically same ol' same ol' story and loads of special effects. What's worse, nothing new appears to be on the horizon that will mix true science fiction story with today's 1st rate special effects. It appears only The Lord of the Rings Trilogy has really delivered there. Then again that's mythology but then again it's a great story! Saying that The Hobbit in 3 movies? I don't think so.
Honestly readers, there are hundreds of fabulous Sci-Fi books written by fabulous authors dating right back to at least the 50's. If some of these were sensitively made, they would be so much more entertaining than the dull Enders Game.
Some books should remain books forever and never make it to the silver screen. I'm afraid that Enders Game is one of them.
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I enjoyed the movie. The visuals were amazing. I particularly enjoyed
the giant's game sequence. It was great to see one of my favorite books
brought to light.
But Hollywood just couldn't help itself with the progressive agenda crap.
In the movie it was claimed that the Formics wanted our water. Dumb, dumb, dumb, standard green message. Water is incredibly common in space. No need to mine it from a gravity well. Water is not a precious jewel that we must preserve because we are our own aliens stealing from our own planet. The book simply had the Formics expanding and founding colonies so their race could grow. Good for them.
Then the movie claimed that the Formics civilization had "unsustainable growth, just like ours". -sigh- Once you get to the asteroids and the moon, and can extract mineral wealth from them, you can grow MUCH more than was shown in either the book or the movie. So Earth (and Formic) civilization is NOT "unsustainable".
And then, of course, the Humans Are Bad meme. Just as in the book Starship Troopers where the aliens were bad guys who attacked us because they wanted to colonize our planet for their race, so too the Formic's of Ender's Game were looking for growing room. So naturally Hollywood had to show humans as bad, and said that both sets of bugs were just misunderstood, and that WE were the bad guys. Attacking them and wiping them out through sheer military misguidedness. Because war is bad, and it is always our fault. We can ALWAYS avoid war just by trying to talk a little more.
I had wondered why they shipped Ender off to the Formic home planet to fight them in the movie. In the book he stayed in our solar system and fought all of his battles at a training base through a faster than light communications technology. Well, the answer was simple. To make the humans the bad guys. In the book, the battles with the Formics took place at many planets over a longer period of time. In the movie the Formics were ONLY on their home world, and just waiting for us. Not attacking us. Once they understood we were intelligent beings, just different from them, the movie would have you believe they just needed an invitation to tea.
And of COURSE our military KNEW that the Formics weren't acting aggressively. Bad military. Bad. Evil humans. Evil.
I am just so BORED with that meme. And frustrated with the way the positive message of great science fiction books, particularly military sci-fi, is always corrupted by Hollywood.
Gavin Hood effectively captures the essence of Orson Scott Card's
Set in Earth's near future, but some 50 years after the Formic Wars, Earth is preparing again for war. The Formics are an alien race that attacked Earth, but because of the heroic actions of Commander Mazer Rackham in the midst of a seemingly hopeless battle, the Formics were defeated.
Decades later, the International Military is bracing for what they believe is another inevitable invasion from the Formics.
Recognizing their earlier victory was the result of some brilliant but unorthodox tactics, the IM has turned their attentions to their best hope for capturing lightning in a bottle twice: children. The brightest are identified in grade school, and their activities and thought processes are monitored with a chip in the base of the neck.
The most apparently gifted strategically are recruited to Battle School, an orbiting space station with an enormous, zero-gravity battle room where increasingly difficult war games are played.
This is the window through which we first see Andrew Ender Wiggin. He is a strategical prodigy, showing flashes of brilliance from a very early age, consequently arousing the general interest of the IM, and specifically the interest of Colonel Graff.
Ender is also painfully shy and introspective, and is often bullied, first at home (by an abusive older brother, Peter) and also at school.
His sister, Valentine, is closest to Ender, and her compassion for her brother sustains him at times when he feels most alone. Although naturally gifted in tactical thinking, it is from his siblings that he learns how to sympathize and empathize with his enemy, as well as how to destroy them with ferocity and finality.
Colonel Graff ultimately drafts young Ender into Battle School, and a new round of physical and mental abuse begins for the recruit as he learns to navigate the complicated, confusing minefield of power and politics that is innate in the military.
Graff is convinced that Ender is the one who can ultimately lead their forces to victory against the Formics, while Major Anderson has her doubts about his readiness.
As the impending conflict looms, Ender and his adolescent army are pushed beyond reasonable limits to prepare for war against an enemy they barely understand, and the fate of the world rests in the hands of a child.
If I have any real complaints about the way the story unfolds on the screen, it's that the movie seems to have two consecutive endings, and the first one takes a little bit of the oomph out of the second one. Without revealing anything, I can only say that I wish that the two significant plot points had been better amalgamated.
Colonel Graff is played with steely-eyed finesse by Harrison Ford. Asa Butterfield plays young Ender, and his skinny frame and doe-eyed face belie his true age.
In the book, Ender is younger, but excellent casting of the other students and cadets make Butterfield feel smaller and more vulnerable than his actual years. Ford and Butterfield have a rare and complicated chemistry on screen, and volumes are communicated between them with a sparsity of words.
Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley give stellar, supporting performances, but then again, they always do. Nonso Anozie is a very imposing Sergeant Dap, with a fleeting smile behind his eyes that is at once charming and disarming.
One might assume that this is a movie about a futuristic war in outer space, about alien armies and rocket ships and laser beams; one would be wrong.
This is a movie about a boy. It just so happens that he has grown up in a world on the brink of interstellar war, a conflict that he has been sucked into through no fault of his own. This is a story about relationships and families and friends, and how those interpersonal interactions help form our own personalities and prejudices.
We learn how the people we are related to instill in us the very best and the very worst attributes through years of shared experiences, and we must then pick and choose the bits and pieces that we will hold onto, and the ones that we should like to discard.
We come to realize that just as we do not pick our families, we rarely get to choose the people we work with or for, nor do we often get a say in the tasks that are given us. But we do get to decide how we respond to those individuals and to those situations.
The story is immediately insightful about a host of habits that, left unchecked, can ultimately destroy us. We see the danger of judging others too quickly without getting to know them, and the futility of subscribing to a might-makes-right doctrine.
The ugliness of bullying and belittling others for the sake of self-aggrandizement is revealed for the monster that it is, and we also observe how a soft answer turneth away wrath.
And we learn that, ultimately, charity and compassion are far more powerful than angry words or weapons of war. Ender, in a tender scene with his sister, reveals, "In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him."
We watch movies to be entertained, to escape from the problems of our lives and enjoy somebody else's for a few hours. We also like to learn things, to gain insight and perspective, to walk a while in someone else's shoes.
The very best movies both captivate our attention and challenge assumptions. Watch this movie with your kids, then talk about it. Ender's Game reminds us that we can't simply judge our lives based on what we do; we must consider why and how we make those choices. That is what matters, and that is why Ender's Game matters.
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I've been waiting for this title from the beginning, I even read the book a second time just to be sure I can enjoy the movie, but the movie doesn't came close to the books intrigue and Ender is presented so simple, apart form this almost all the battles in zero gravity are cut in the movie. And the end is changed completely form the book. I do not even believed that other half of the book isn't present in the movie. It happened exactly like I, Robot where the movie was nothing like the books, and the messages where so distorted that didn't express those form the book. The visual aspect of the movie was great, and that it is why I gave it 5
I went into the movie expecting your typical sci-fi action flick, but
what I got?
An immersive story with excellent visuals, acting, that will really surprise you. There's just enough suspense and things going on to keep you at the edge of your seat.
As a person always looking for worthwhile sci-fi movies, this will go down in the books for me as a 'classic' film. The progression while rushed because of time constraints feels fluid and incredibly well thought out.
Overall, I say go see it. If you're the sci-fi type, or just someone with an ambitious heart. I think you'll love it.
Modern child performers are bad enough when they're in the periphery,
but to sit through 2 hours of them as the central characters makes for
a cringe-fest. Having not read the book upon which the movie is based,
and not having seen the previews, I kept hoping that the adolescent
Ender Wiggin would transform into Tom Cruise or Ashton Kutchner after
15 minutes. If I knew this was going to be a kiddie movie I probably
wouldn't have bothered. Have child performers gotten worse over the
decades? Child performers were pretty bearable to watch in the past.
I'm thinking of Our Gang, The Neverending Story, A Christmas Story, ET,
Jaws, etc. The kids in those movies are very natural and unpretentious.
The problem with child performers since the 1990s is that they're
acting like little adults. I wish they would just be children and not
try to act.
The world's smartest children have been hand-picked to go to battle against the ant aliens. And yet most of them do not seem particularly bright. There's a disproportionate number of black children in the cast. In a real-world scenario, very few blacks would make the grade and most of the tots would be white, Jewish, and east Asian. Blacks score lowest on IQ tests of any race, so the casting is dishonest.
Enough with the multiracial casts in Hollywood movies. It's phony, and reeks of social engineering. Movies set in the future invariably look like a Benetton ad, as if humans of the future will not racially cluster. All humans throughout history have self-segregated along racial, ethnic, class, and religious/ideological lines, and I don't expect that to be any different in the year 2300.
Another problem is the females. I'm sick of seeing female warriors. Females are wimps. They would panic at the first sight of the ant aliens and jump into the arms of the nearest man. Females are no match for ant aliens intent on colonizing Earth!
There's also some overpopulation propaganda going on here.
I think the author, Orson Scott Card, had a hand in casting the movie. There are so many unknown actors with strange bodies and faces. Harrison Ford is about the only normal-ish looking person in the movie. The casting is too idiosyncratic for me to believe there wasn't a sit-down session with the author where he demanded as many weird-looking people be cast as possible.
There are lots of shots of characters looking at Ender Wiggin in awe. It's annoying, because he rarely does anything impressive.
The score is pedestrian, though I like the swirling violins that are used in the zero-gravity sphere scenes.
It's a pretty boring movie. Even the action scenes are pretty humdrum.
As the title says, hurtful to watch. I know it's just kids acting but still... the dialog sucked, even me that haven't read the book could notice that they were moving just too fast with the story line. The acting sucked, from both kids & adults (specially the drill sergeant, he was a joke). Everything just felt so... false and repetitive. Nothing special with the visual effects. There's a scene in which they are marching to training while "singing" at the same time, they must all be very good ventriloquists since you can clearly see their mouths closed but the voices still sound as if they where shouting, so lame to have those kind of mistakes in a movie with this type of budget. Don't know how it managed to get a 7 here, the 3.9 from metacritic sounds more like it. Don't lose your time, unless you have little kids with you.
Every so often, a great book comes around. Every so often, that book
becomes a movie. More often than not, that movie, while still mildly
entertaining, leaves a lot to be desired. I found that was not the case
with "Ender's Game." While the movie is not as perfect as it could be,
it's hard not to leave the theater satisfied. The production team
obviously understood what earned the book such high praise, and they
wanted to translate that as much as they could to the big screen; I'd
say they succeeded. Even my father, who had not read the book, gave
this movie a solid 8 out of 10 stars.
-As is the case with almost all book-to-movie-adaptations, a lot of content was condensed. In the case of this movie, that is especially true with the first ten minutes and the last five minutes. Both ends of the film do what they can with their allotted time, but an extra five minutes in the beginning and the end would have done wonders for the pacing of the movie.
+Excellent acting from everyone in the cast, but especially from Asa Butterfield.
+The plot was very engaging.
+The special effects were spectacular +As those who've read the book already know, the book/film leaves the reader/view with something to think about.
+I was very impressed with how closely the movie adhered to the book. Even little things that would have been simpler to skip were included in the book. There are, granted, a few deviations, but let me say there are few book-to-movie adaptations I have seen where the movie remains as faithful to the source material like this movie.
As you can see, the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. I'd give this movie 8.5 stars out of 10. Most people will enjoy it, I certainly did.
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First of all, I loved Asa Butterfield and Ben Kingsley in Hugo, that
was a masterpiece, but they both are very bad in this film, maybe
because of very bad plot and script.
This whole film doesn't make any sense, first of all this film teaches people to lie each other which is very bad habit. I mean that when they told the truth at the end of this film that this whole recruit program is an actual war and it's not that game where they all signed up, so they killed the whole civilization without knowing that.
This film has beautiful CGI but it's not enough, stupid film with bad acting performances.
And last, I can't believe that Hailee Steinfeld signed up for this film, I loved her a lot in True Grit, and I never thought that she appears in such a bad film like this.
Conclusion: Very bad and stupid film with bad acting performances with bad soundtrack with stupid plot and hideous script. And finally why on earth this film has so extremely stupid ending....
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