Synopsis: Ender Wiggin is a young tactical genius whose ability to read all battle scenarios sees him recruited into a squadron of other young clever-clogses in order to win a possible war that on the horizon against a foe who almost annihilated the human race the first time around.
Main Cast: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis
The Hype: Based on the first in a series of books by author Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is a little slice of science fiction from last year. Not a commercial success at the box office this one I’m afraid. With a big budget, this promised much, but fell a little flat with the movie fans.
What I Thought: It was alright this one. The budget was well used with some bug special effects and space battles (and probably Harrison Ford’s fee for the job, but on the whole it has been pretty well made. I found the story a little unbelievable and in the end predictable, but as a watching experience, it passed a couple of hours without having to make me think too much about things. Butterfield does a good job in the lead role and we will be seeing a lot more of him in the near future.
Conclusions: Decent effects, reasonable story although not that original and a good enough cast, but in the end it is just a paycheck for most of this lot. Ender’s Game is okay for killing a couple of hours if you’re bored. Incidentally, there are about 10 books in the series, but don’t expect any more movies. Orson Card, the author, has stated that he feels that the second part of the story is unfilmable. That’s good enough information for me.