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Ender’s Game is a thrilling sci-fi epic that will keep you glued to the screen from beginning to end, even through the slightly boring bits.
Ender’s Game is based on the book by Orson Scott Card that has been on the cards since Card starting writing a screenplay back in 1996, but it never quite happened, until know. Ender’s Game takes place in a very distant future where earth had been attacked by the Formics 5 decades earlier. After the catastrophic loss of life that the entire world suffered through and only survived because of the heroic actions of some, the people of earth are preparing an attack of their own, to end all future attacks before they happen. This attack is centred on the kids and this is where Ender comes in.
Ender Wiggin played by Asa Butterfield(Hugo, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) is a quite but brilliant boy who is enrolled in a training program of earth’s best young minds to become a great battlefield commander. The training program run by Colonel Graff(Harrison Ford) is an intense place designed to seperate the weaklings from the strongest young minds. Graff sees something special in Ender and believes that he could be mankind’s saviour. At battle school Ender befriends a girl called Petra Arkanian(Hailee Steinfield) and together they learn from each other and grow closer as time progresses. Battle school is also filled with some strong confrontational personalities that puts Ender’s leadership abilities to the test throughout.
Let’s get one thing out of the way here, Ender’s Game is a beautifully made movie. The special effects are simply spectacular and the amount of detail that is added to make everything believable is astonishing. The special effects are easily up there with the year’s best films. Everything from the battle school space station to the Formics home planet is simply stunning. With the battle room scenes particularly stealing the show.
Ender’s Game’s cast includes some of Hollywood’s best young and old guns, with Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfield and Abigail Breslin displaying some serious acting chops and once again proving they are some of the top young actors in Hollywood today. Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis adds some weight and experience. But non of them would mean anything if it wasn’t for a fantastic screenplay written and directed by Gavin Hood(Tsotsi, X-Men Origins:Wolverine). The movie is beautifully paced but i must admit there was one or two moments where it felt like things were dragging on a bit. That however was then quickly forgotten as we moved on to the next action packed or emotional scene.
Overall Ender’s Game is a truly enjoyable action movie that has everything one might need to be entertained. Drama, action, humour and beautifully designed scenes all add up to create a magical and enthralling word that will keep you entertained for all 114 minutes of the running time.
Samui Times gives Ender’s Game a very well deserved 8 palms out of 10.