My son and I saw an early screening of Ender’s Game. The movie is based on a book (by Orson Scott Card) with the same name. I have not read the book, but my ten-year son has. We both enjoyed the sci-fi action film, but my son said they changed the ending. Ender’s Game (Summit Entertainment) opens in theaters today. Continue reading to learn five things about Ender’s Game.
5 Things You Should Know About the Ender’s Game Film
It’s an aliens vs humans story
The movie starts off with a narration about how an alien race called the Formics invaded Earth. The humans were about to lose the war, but then a hero saves the planet by destroying the mothership. The story then fast forwards several decades. The invaders have never returned, but the leaders of Earth fear the aliens will eventually attack again. To prepare for that day, the leaders decide to recruit the brightest kids to help them. And the brightest of the brightest appears to be Ender Wiggin. Some people believe he’s the savior of the human race.
The main character of Ender’s Game is a middle schooler
Ender Wiggin is the main character of the film. He’s about ten years old and is very gifted in the ways of video game battles. This aspect of the story actually reminded me of the Last Starfighter. In both of these movies, the main characters are recruited because of their ability to play video games. But in Ender’s case, he’s also tested for other criteria — such as the ability to deal with frustration and having the killer instinct to win now and in the future.
A wicked twist makes up for the far-fetched premise
In Ender’s Game, the brightest kids are recruited to join the International Fleet. According to the film, only the young can handle and process all the complex data of battles. Really? Experienced and intelligent adults can’t handle war battles as well as bright but inexperienced kids? I found this hard to believe and that premise annoyed me throughout the story. What made it worst was that these bright young kids were not actually brought to together to develop a plan to defeat the Formics. Instead, they are trained like soldiers, and take part in paintball battles and simulated war games. But then in an unexpected twist (because I didn’t read the book), we see why the children were trained through simulated war games. Brilliant!
Ender’s Game isn’t just for kids
Even though most of the characters in film are children, Ender’s Game isn’t really a kids movie. I think this is a story many adults will enjoy. The 114-minute sci-fi flick is rated PG-13 for some violence, sci-fi action and thematic material. There isn’t any nudity, sexual content, bloody scenes or profanity. But some of the scenes might be a little intense and violent for very young children.
Han Solo is the main adult in Ender’s Game
Most of the characters in Ender’s Game are kids. There are a few adults in the movie, but Colonel Graff (played by Harrison Ford) is the only grown-up that appears throughout the film. Even though most of the characters are children, everyone seems to do a decent job acting. In addition to Harrison Ford, other cast members include Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin), Hailee Steinfeld (Petra Arkanian), Abigail Breslin (Valentine Wiggin), Ben Kingsley (Mazer Rackham), Viola Davis (Major Gwen Anderson), Aramis Knight (Bean), Suraj Partha (Alai), Moises Arias (Bonzo Madrid), Khylin Rhambo (Dink Meeker), Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak (Peter Wiggin), Nonso Anozie (Sergeant Dap), Conor Carroll (Bernard), Caleb J. Thaggard (Stilson), and Cameron Gaskins (Slattery). Ender’s Game was directed by Gavin Hood.