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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, an insectoid alien race who had previously tried to invade Earth and had inflicted heavy losses on humankind.

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Gavin Hood

Writers:

Gavin Hood (screenplay by), Orson Scott Card (based on the book Ender's Game by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Asa Butterfield ... Ender Wiggin
Harrison Ford ... Colonel Graff
Hailee Steinfeld ... Petra Arkanian
Abigail Breslin ... Valentine Wiggin
Ben Kingsley ... Mazer Rackham
Viola Davis ... Major Gwen Anderson
Aramis Knight ... Bean
Suraj Partha ... Alai (as Suraj Parthasarathy)
Moises Arias ... Bonzo Madrid
Khylin Rhambo ... Dink Meeker
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak ... Peter Wiggin (as Jimmy Jax Pinchak)
Nonso Anozie ... Sergeant Dap
Conor Carroll ... Bernard
Caleb J. Thaggard ... Stilson (as Caleb Thaggard)
Cameron Gaskins Cameron Gaskins ... Slattery (Leopard Army)
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, sci-fi action and thematic material. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,017,351, 3 November 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$61,737,191

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,537,191
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and several cast members that portray Battle School cadets in the film went to Space Camp prior to filming to train for zero gravity sequences. See more »

Goofs

When Ender and the others are launched into space to go to Battle School, huge clouds are shown (very realistically) moving outward from the launch area as the ship rises, similar to scenes of the Space Shuttle or the Apollo Saturn V taking off. This isn't exhaust from the rocket; in order to prevent (mostly acoustic) damage to the trench underneath the rocket, thousands of gallons of water are poured into the trench, and this is turned into clouds of steam by the rocket's engines. However in the film, the rocket is seen to be tilted into a vertical position above a large circular opening into which the engines will fire. There is nowhere for a water deluge to pour, or really any need for it. 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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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, some Formic chirping can be heard. See more »

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Peace Sword in B Minor (Open Your Heart)
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The Flaming Lips appear courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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At last - a film that is too short!
26 October 2013 | by basilisksamukSee all my reviews

You know how you sometimes read those annoying reviews by people moaning about how the film is nothing like the book? Well I'm not going to do that. I am going to say that they made as good a film as possible without changing anything significant (other than the ages of the recruits which they obviously needed to do to make the story filmable.)

Ender's Game was much better than I expected and surprisingly so given the years it has been in development hell with various names attached to it. As it turns out Gavin Hood was the director to bring this to life. The design and production values are excellent and I especially liked the animated sequences where Ender enters the computer game crafted uniquely for him. The cast was pretty much perfect and they all played with conviction. I was impressed from the start by the way the film makes clear that Ender progresses so quickly because he is a brilliant strategist and Asa Butterfield is a good enough actor to convey this without resorting to over-acting.

The film does not shy away from the brutality of the lives that these young recruits lead, at least not within the confines of a 12A film, and the ending is as shocking and moving as it should be. My only real criticism of the film is that it's too short, not something you normally hear from me. Ender just seems to progress too quickly and we miss some of the nuances and real difficulties he encounters along the way. Unless sequels are planned then we could probably have done without Ender's family background and relationship with his sister and brother and devoted more to the Battle School.

Overall though, this film was worth the long gestation period. It delivers more than we had a right to expect. Orson Scott Card may be homophobic but the powerful message at the heart of this film says much more than the average Hollywood film is capable of delivering.


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