Monday, January 13, 2014

Ender's Game (2013)

I never read the book before I saw this movie. Although I have heard of it so many times, with me being such a big science fiction fan and to those of you who wants to know, I'm more into Star Wars than Star Trek but I do love both. Anyway basically Ender's game is the story of a young boy who goes to a special school for gifted kids, they play a sport where they fly around. Sounds familiar Well the novellete was written in the 70's so basically the concept is original and it won awards so there's that. Plus it's science fiction not magic it is set in a future earth, and the school which is a space station orbiting earth was built to train commanders who will remotely command fleets of warships into battle against an alien race of insects to protect the world . Here's the twist they're all kids , because apparently children have a different way of making decisions than adults.

I through that this was just another one of those young adult fiction novels turned movies with a lot of entertainment value on screen but with little real substance. Not to say that all of them are like that after all there are some really amazing exceptions. And I have to say that this movie is one of them. Led by Hugo's Asa Butterfield , this movie is more than just a great ride, it has a strong intellectual depth , which i think stems a lot from the novel which is very cerebral. But of course you can't bring that to life without an amazing cast and everyone from the kids up to the adults did their part well no matter how small . Sadly though, I don't know if we'll get a sequel since the movie did only moderately well in the box office and may not be enough to spawn a franchise. But regardless this movie can stand on it's own , a sequel isn't really necessary . The visuals , the soundtrack are all top notch and as I have said the acting is quality work . And it also got me to read the books , which I say is very interesting and you should check it out as well, after you enjoyed the movie of course...

Watch Trailer Here

Asa Butterfield as Andrew "Ender" Wiggin
Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff
Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham
Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian
Abigail Breslin as Valentine Wiggin
Viola Davis as Major Gwen Anderson
Aramis Knight as Bean
Suraj Parthasarathy as Alai
Moisés Arias as Bonzo
Khylin Rhambo as Dink
Conor Carroll as Bernard
Anozie as Sergeant Dap
Jimmy Pinchak as Peter Wiggin
Stevie Ray Dallimore as John Paul Wiggin
Andrea Powell as Theresa Wiggin

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