Based on the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card Directed by Gavin Hood; Producer Roberto Orci 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.
13 member reviews/ratings for this MovieAverage Rating: (6.85 / 10)
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For me, Asa Butterfield is too old to play the main role Ender. The original novel is excellent, though this movie is not bad.My Movie Rating: 7 / 10
Oh my god. So many feelings about this one. So much to unpack. Ender is probably my favourite character of all time. There's so much I love about that book and the first couple of sequels. And I've wanted to see it on the screen for so long, even knowing that no adaptation could ever really do it justice. And this was stuck in development limbo for such a long time that I had all but given up hope of it ever happening.
Well, here we are and this is the movie we got. And there's a lot to like about it. Asa's lovely to look at, and he plays a good older Ender. Most of the important scenes are here and some of them are done quite well. And some of the scenes even resonate emotionally, though it's hard to tell if that's just because I know the book so well and I'm already so invested in the characters and their story.
But at the same time there is so much lacking. And not just in the sense that they had to cut stuff out because you have to cut stuff out of every novel to make it into a film. It almost seemed like they tried to fit too much into the movie, so as a result they're treating everything very superficially. All the scenes are there, but if you haven't read the book I can't see how you could possibly understand what they mean or why they are important.
I don't know. I couldn't not watch this movie. I needed to see it and I'm glad I did and I enjoyed some of it. But ultimately it's a failure. I don't know if it could have been anything other than a failure.My Movie Rating: 5 / 10
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