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Great special effects and an ingenious plot can't disguise the fact that this is essentially "Harry Potter" for sociopaths.
If I hadn't read the book, this would be a fantastic movie, however, I did read the book, and its too different for it to be a favorite.
Maybe if I didn't love the book, I would have liked this movie, but I DO love the book, and the movie is just wrong. I think that the biggest fault of the movie is that Ender is just too old all the way through it. He's supposed to start as a 5-year-old and age to about 12. In the movie he looks like he's a teenager the entire time, which just changes the entire tone.
I think I watched this movie about five times. I liked watching Ender's Game. My favorite part is when Ender Wiggin plays the Mind Game where the little mouse crawls into the behemuth's eye. Another great scene is when Petra shows Ender how to improve this shooting skills. The part I did not like is when Ender accidentally kills Bonzo in the shower facilities.
I am wondering if there will be a sequel to the movie. In the end of Ender's Game, Ender finds a Formic queen and he promises to find her a new home. Ender feels guilty because he destroyed an entire species of Formics along with their home planet. I think this movie deserved an Academy Award nomination at least.
Great movie! people please take care of the borrowed items so the rest of us can enjoy a non scratched movie.
I truly do not understand these 10/10 ratings from book readers. For people who have not read the book, this movie truly deserves the 10/10 rating, as it is outstanding when considered alone. However, if you had read the book, I guarantee you that your favorite parts of the book would have been cut. The writers could have EASILY added A WHOLE HOUR to the movie, and that extra hour would have made it perfectly paced for the people who read the book. Still though, the acting is spectacular aside from one small editing mistake and Ender's (who was much different in my head). The real problem with this movie is the complete lack of character development. We, as a viewer, don't get close to anyone other than Ender and Colonel Graff, even though in the book much more time was given to characters like Bean and Petra.
Even with some mis-connections between the book and the movie(and some parts that were different in my head), the top-notch acting and visuals redeem the mis-connections and the extraordinarily fast pacing.
Ender's Game readers: 8/10 and a Would Recommend But Caution That You Might Not Like It
Non-Ender's Game readers: 10/10 and a Would Rave To You About How Amazing It Is
Director Gavin Hood's commentary of "Ender's Game" is quite instructive in the political psychology of war and peace - as applied to personal growth, leadership development through the trials of maturation of a young man - as well as to society, the training of youth for a nations' warriors, international law, Drone Warfare, dehumanization and pre-emptive war, genocide and war crimes. Questions and dilemmas presented in a very entertaining fashion - if you like action-packed movies - as well as in an exceptionally thought-provoking manner. Ender Wiggin, a genius, is born and virtually placed to work out strategies of achievement in a violent environment, while he also works with opposing sibling influences of humility, diplomacy, wisdom, compassion, and empathy, as well as the extreme aggression of an impetuous fighter.
Other mental-emotional engagements: authority/approval issues, adult manipulation of youth "for the good of all," ego's part in a youth's proving to adults; psychology of the capacity to kill.
"When I understand my enemy well enough to defeat him, then in that moment, I also love him" ... "the way we win matters" ~A.E.Wiggin
Enjoy the great movie if you haven't already, then go for the Director's Commentary, (in Bonus Section of course) to get the instructive element. Use of set development and special effects are outstanding in the war-games and computer games rooms as well as in the battles in outer space.
The movie, based on the book by Orson Scott Card, is more than sufficiently acted by all, *intelligently* done. From Wikipedia: Ender's Game: Inside the World of an Epic Adventure is a reference book published by Insight Editions. With a foreword by Ender's Game film director, Gavin Hood, the book is broken into four parts: Ender's World, Battle School, Inside Zero-G, and Parallel Worlds.
That's the review I gave it at the web page, "Poly-Psy & Citizen Health; Problems & Solutions for Discussion; Empathy, Apathy, Healing & Recovering Democracy at the Crossroads." Suggestion: think *Teaching points.*
'Ender's Game', based on the book of the same name, is a well made movie expressing clearly messages of peace, friendship, and empathy. Overall, really good adaption of book.
Ender's Game is my favorite movie in a year. Probably because I had read the novel before. The movie is not exactly the same as the fiction. The most noticeable change is that all kids are older than they were in the novel. They should be really young like 4-7 years old in the novel but obviously 18-20 in the movie. In my view, I think this change is acceptable since young actors are not capable of expressing their feelings. The main character is Ender, who is literally a genius. He is better than his sister and his brother and thus was chosen to be the one to defeat buggers. The whole story is about how was Ender trained and finally destroyed a whole species when he thought it was a game. Asa acted really well. I would give this movie 4.5 out of 5.
- @Lize of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
I'm not sure who'd want to watch this movie except maybe for a teenage male who's into online fantasy gaming. I'm not sure why Harrison Ford decided to be in this highly improbable thing. Maybe he needs the money?
It was an Ok movie. Nothing bad in it. Not a movie that you will want to watch over and over and over again. Recommended.
great story amazing casting and just all together a great movie i enjoyed it so much
IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THIS YET… please, read the book. The book is really, really good. The movie (especially after reading the book) is just not good at all.
Read the book. :)
This was an ok movie, just a bit creepy but with good morals. I've definitely seen better ones, though
Enjoyed the music, but that's about all I can say that's positive....some of the acting was okay. Everyone kept talking about how brilliant Ender is, but that's the only way we knew he was supposed to be a genius. I felt like I was just watching someone play a video game for two hours.
underwater and marx_bro are wrong. The book was before Spy Kids, so read the book. THEFIRSTAVENGER is also wrong. First F-35's don't do deep space. 2, kids are more creative than adults. and 3, what good are fighter jets without good comanders. All of the adults are closed-minded in the book and movie
Pretty bogus sci-fi flick in the vein of "Spy Kids". Kids are recruited to fend-off an impending alien invasion.