Ender’s Game (2013)

EndersGame“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.” – Ender Wiggin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Jan 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy is trained to be the Supreme Commander of Earth’s forces against an Alien invasion.

My Take on it – This movie is based on a book that I probably should have read 30 years ago and didn’t.

The plot revolves around Earth’s Military command trying to find the perfect leader(s) to spearhead a war against an Alien race that attacked Earth 50 years beforehand.

The dilemma is actually a psychological one; is a true leader born a leader or can become one only through the proper training.

This movie tried to take that conundrum and bring proof one way or the other.

The special effects here are wondrous and Asa Butterfield is great as Ender.  You can see and understand his motivations for everything that he does and for such a young actor to provide such a stellar performance is rare.

Supporting parts by Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin are all noteworthy ones.

This is a movie that I wish I had seen on the big screen, because if I liked it so much as is, I can only imagine how amazing it could possibly be in the theater.

I can’t wait to watch this one again!

Bottom Line – Excellent movie. Great special effects and I loved the whole “Leadership conundrum” that is the central theme here.  Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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13 thoughts on “Ender’s Game (2013)

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  3. I really want to see this movie. I read and adored the book, so am keen to see how they brought it to the screen – glad to hear it is good! There are a lot of psychological elements in the book that I can’t imagine translating well to the screen, but I never expect film adaptations to be the exactly the same as the books (it’s an entirely different medium after all), and I like to see new interpretations of stories I love, so that doesn’t worry me.

    Anyway, your good review has spurred me to finally go out and get my hands on the film!


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