Friday, November 1 2013, 11:55 AM MDT
Movie Review: Ender's Game
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Recommended To: Fans of the book and fans of lightweight sci-fi that packs a potent punch at the very end.
Synopsis: In the future the human race turns to its youth to fight an alien race that nearly decimated Earth decades before.
Review: After years of failed attempts to bring Orson Scott Card’s popular novel to the screen Ender’s Game finally comes to the silver screen courtesy of director/writer Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Summit Entertainment. Having never read the book I’m not prepared to compare the two. As a movie goer with absolutely no preconceived notions or expectations I can say that I wasn’t thrilled by the film, but I was entertained enough to recommend the movie to those who enjoy lightweight sci-fi.
For the majority of Ender’s Game the movie is content to be a somewhat juvenile adventure reminiscent of the early Harry Potter films where children are sent off to a boarding school while an adult threat lingers in the background. It isn’t until the film’s final scenes that it switches from being a cotton candy coming-of-age tale and becomes an intellectually stimulating experience. Had Hood been able to give a little more dramatic weight to the bulk of the film, which focuses on the experiences of Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a gifted young man believed to have the intellect and temperament to lead Earth’s combined forces into battle, the change of tone at the end would have had a greater impact. As it stands the movie is an enjoyable, but not essential, viewing event.
-Ryan Michael Painter