Ender’s Game Review
✔ Awesome Moral Dilemmas
✔ Thought Provoking
✔ Great Action Set Pieces
✔ Serious Tone
✔ Hailee Steinfeld is in it
✘ Ender's journey seems to be going way too fast at first
Ender’s Game is the story of a boy named Ender forced to grow up beyond his years and try to salvage the human race. It is a very interesting and thought provoking science fiction film that will have you walking out of the theater satisfied.
The book was written by Orson Scott Card and the screenplay and direction was handled by Gavin Hood. Hood did a good job making the film be very serious and from the first ten minutes, the film shows you this is not a kids movie. There isn’t that much comic relief in Ender’s Game due to the premise being heavy and I feel this was a good choice since humor can distract from the drama a lot of the times. When the humor is there though, it hits the mark.
The action scenes were all filmed great with very little shaky cam. A lot of the shots were zoomed out to let the viewer take in what is happening and not make following an action scene a chore like so many other films do nowadays. The special effects are all fantastic and a lot of the time they look like they were using real sets. The blend of practical and CGI is seamless.
The cast is all around fantastic. The studio wasn’t scared to cast actual children and it payed off with nearly each performance being believable. Ender is played by Asa Butterfield who slowly but surely becoming a standout actor due to his work in such great films such as Hugo and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. All of the focus is on Ender which isn’t a bad thing, but it leaves some other characters to be desired more. Harrison Ford is a delight to see on screen as always as is Hailee Steinfeld who is best known for her draw dropping performance in True Grit. Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, and Viola Davis round out what is a standout cast. The only actor that stuck out like a sore thumb was Moises Arias because I know him as Rico from Hannah Montana and I had to laugh when he was on screen most of the time. Although his character was really interesting and a superb contrast to Ender so Arias did all he could, just circumstances took me out of the movie when he was on screen.
The plot itself is fascinating and will take you for all sorts of twists and turns. I can honestly say I didn’t know what was going to happen from scene to scene and got chills at numerous parts due to the fantastic score by Steve Jablonsky and the film bringing me in emotionally. The themes addressed will make you think and you can draw a lot of parallels to our own life from it. Science fiction is supposed to make you challenge current ideas to make sure they don’t get out of hand and Ender’s Game does just that.