By Derek Sante - Review Nation
Ender Wiggins (Asa Butterfield) is a complicated boy. Born into a future where one must pay huge sums for the right to have a 3rd child. Ender quickly learns that rules and the populace at large becomes the engine that drives the planet, that and a war brought to the planet by insect-like creatures.
With only a slight victory during the initial attack by a hero named Mazer Rackham, the planet and its people decide to pull its resources in hopes of stopping an all-out war. The number one resource being children and their capacity to learn, adapt and understand new enemies.
After prodding and testing, Ender gets his chance to show his skills when he is transferred to battle school. Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) leads a never ending army of children taught in the ways of war and given only one directive; be the strongest and the smartest. Along the way it becomes clear that the young Wiggins boy has the right amount of forethought and ferocity to lead the human race into battle. Unfortunately, he must fight through the ranks of cadets in his way with all of his cunning and guile if he has any hopes of commanding the fleet.
As a fan, I can say that Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card is a powerful book. It delivers surprise, emotion and wonder to those with an open imagination. And luckily, this movie manages to glean a good amount of excitement from the story. Asa Butterfield takes the reigns and drives the film from start to finish. Those who remember him in Martin Scorsese’s "Hugo" already know that this young man's emotion and character development are on par with talent twice his age. Unfortunately, because of the story or how they were created, all other characters drop off considerably. Instrumental for sure, but all just stepping stones for the main character and his realization that war is not a game.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 1hr 54mins.
Movie Trailer - Enders Game