Screen Gems Movie Reviews with Kennie Bass. You'll find it First On Fox!
November 1, 2013 Ender's Game
Studio: Summit Entertainment Rating: PG-13 for some violence, sci-fi action and thematic material.
Our world is in trouble. A race aliens called the Formics has attacked and ravaged the planet. They seem determined to destroy humanity. Decades after the initial assault, the people of Earth are united under a single government to deal with the ever-present threat from outer space.
A boy named Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is discovered to be a brilliant military strategist. His out-of-the box thining gives humanity a chance to win the war. Ender recruited to attend an orbiting battle school, to hone his skills which represent our best hope for survival.
In space, Ender is mentored by a gruff colonel named Graff (Harrison Ford). After seeing what the technologically superior aliens are capable of, Graff knows how high the stakes are. Literally, the fate of the entire world rests on the young boy's shoulders.
"Ender's Game" is a combination war story and pre-teen adventure. The notion that the outcome of an interstellar war would depend on the actions of a 12-year old is a pretty interesting concept.
Ender is chosen because of his tactical thinking and genius intellect. But what really he does better than anyone else is think of new and exciting ways to kill aliens. That's where he has his value.
Butterfield's performance is very good. He's emotional and determined, at times icy while at others trying desperately to figure out why the aliens do what they do.
Ford is also very entertaining. He's reached a point in his epic career where he could be mailing in his performances. But that's not the case here. Graff's demanding character could have been a mere cliche, but he avoids stereotypes by establishing a very real connection with his young hero.
There is thrilling outer space action and very clear lines of good and bad. This is an entertaining popcorn feature.
On my rating scale, "Ender's Game" earns a TRIPLE.
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