Ender’s Game (2013) Movie Review
Released : Nov.1st, 2013
Reviewed : Feb.22nd, 2014
Genre : Sci-Fi
Film Length : 114 Minutes
Ender’s Game was one of many attempts to take a very popular book series and transfer it into a huge money grabbing film series. Unsurprisingly though the film flopped for fans of the book and non readers alike.
The film follows Ender Wiggins who is drafted into the International Military to help fight a alien race named the Formics who had nearly destroyed the human race in the last previous battle. Now that sounds interesting except in this it isn’t in the slightest. Based off a story stand point alone the film does little to explain why Ender is being drafted or taken in except that he is the “odd” kid and “thinks” different. Breaking in the elements of what they do to train him however is insane. The story plays out like a video game with levels. Start here, get promoted, go to this section, training, advance to next squadron, etc. They train him by doing one of two things as well, the first being the equivalent of playing a video game and the second is a zero gravity version of laser tag.
Not once does the story engross you at all. If anything it alienates you for it’s stupidity and nonsensical story. Sure it’s a science fiction film but believing a random kid is being chosen to defend the human race and is trained with video games and laser tag is just wrong. The characters themselves as well have no chemistry. No one works well with each other and Ender himself is a weird and almost miserable loner. Everyone in this movie acts sad and looks like they are in pain most of the time almost as if expressing their desire to not want to be in this film which you can’t blame them for. Asa Butterfield is horrible as Ender as stated but you would think having film veterans such as Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley would provide good acting but both act bored and in Kingsley fact like he is dead.
At least the film can be visually appealing for a few minutes, other than that there is nothing positive about this. Clearly there is a reason why this film only grossed around half of what it cost to make. I can only hope they took this as the hint that no one enjoyed this or wants the rest of the series. Between the horrific story, the boring acting, and just being a generally uninteresting and boring film to watch I cannot recommend this to anyone.