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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 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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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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Trivia

This movie was once developed at Warner Brothers, intended to be directing vehicle for Wolfgang Petersen, to be released around 2003. The studio acquired the rights in the mid 1990s with Orson Scott Card began writing the screenplay in 1996. See more »

Goofs

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 visible that he is still singing the cadence but his lips do not move. 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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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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Not enough space...
29 February 2016 | by jlajdovaSee all my reviews

I hesitated to watch this movie for a long time - reason being my endless love for the adapted book, which is my absolute favorite. It is needed to be said in the review, because even with all the effort it is impossible for me to review the movie without influence of the book.

Movie did actually better job than I expected. I liked the cast of the main characters, Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield. Both did very good job. A big positive surprise for me was the visual aspect of the movie, I liked it actually so much, it is the main reason, why I keep my rating for the movie so high despite the negatives.

The biggest problem of the Ender's Game adaptation is the race against the time. The movie tries to squeeze huge amount of information in a short time and it just does not work. I cannot imagine, how I would feel without having any background information from the book. Even if we can discuss whether the "Earth" sideline with Ender's siblings has to or doesn't have to be in the movie (it does not), there is the main storyline describing Ender's time spend in Battle school and it is handled so shallowly and quickly, it hurts. This story just needs more space. Without it there is almost no character development. No emotions towards side characters, like Bean or Petra or all the others, barely recognizable for the viewer. Even the great ending is ripped of emotions partially because of it. I felt all the aspects of the movie are more handled as trailers to that aspect than actually diving into it. And it is a pity.

It was still a nice experience, seeing the universe come to life.

Remember, the enemy's gate is down!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,017,351, 3 November 2013

Gross USA:

$61,737,191

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,544,024
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2.35 : 1
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