ENDER’S GAME is one of the best film adaptations from a novel to ever grace the silver screen, and it makes for one of the all-time great science fiction movies in its own right.
Harrison Ford’s performance is legend, as he gives the book’s pages living breath as the calculating, gruff, and gambling, Colonel Graff.
The entire cast is exceptionally selected to represent the very different personalities they are playing. Asa Butterfield (Ender), Harrison Ford (Graf), Hailee Steinfeld (Petra), Abigail Breslin (Valentine Wiggin), Ben Kingsley (Mazer Rackham), Viola Davis (Major Gwen Anderson), Moises Arias (Bonzo), Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak (Peter Wiggin), Suraj Parthasarathy (Alai), Conor Carroll, and Aramis Knight (Bean) are all fantastic.
As usual, Ben Kingsley is at the top of his game, and he brings a fierce intensity to his role as mankind’s savior in the first alien war that is unparalleled.
You cannot deny the brilliance of Orson Scott Card’s Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel, ENDER’S GAME, based on the young life of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin as he is groomed to be humankind’s last hope at defeating a mysterious alien colonizing force that could be poised to bring about our extinction in the very near future.
The look and feel of the makeup, the world, and the alien environments are utterly real and impressive, carrying a unique style with them that emanates the book accurately.
The aerial battles are extremely suspenseful – nail-bitingly so – and very apt to the story’s descriptions. The aliens that make it onto the screen are innovative and awe-inspiring, as is Ender’s reaction to them.
The themes come across wonderfully: the feeling of empathy mingled vs. the defensive rage brought on by survival instincts; the them-or-us military strategy vs. the attempt to understand and make peace with an “enemy” that is understood; and the morals of manipulation being okay if it is done for the greater good vs. honesty should reign over our actions. These thematic ripples shape the scenes and events and are complex, at times, as they get the attention that is warranted for such an intelligent, impactful, and entertaining tale.
And in terms of cool sci-fi fun, the battle school anti-gravity battles are truly amazing and choreographed with a tremendous attention to detail.
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