Ender's Game (2013) Movie Review

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2013 | PG-13 | Sci-Fi, Action
114 minutes /

User Score: 70/100

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Ender's Game Review


Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.

Ender’s Game (2013) is an American action science fiction movie that is based on the book Ender’s Game written by Orson Scott Card. Director and writer Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Rendition (2007), Tsotsi (2005)) did an incredible job picking the cast members. This is the first movie that director Gavin directed and also acted in. He played the part of the Giant. Ender’s Game contains violence, some graphic scenes, suspense and some scenes that may be frightening to younger kids.

An alien invasion group named the Formics attacked Earth over fifty years ago and killed millions of people. Mazer Rackham ended the invasion by crashing his ship into the aliens ship. The humans began training their gifted children to become commanders after the invasion that killed millions of people. Andrew Ender Wiggin ( Asa Butterfield - Hugo (2011), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), The Wolfman (2010)) is not the average, gifted kid that went to outer space to attend an advanced military academy. He was taught how to prepare for future alien invasions. He won a stimulator space battle challenge against classmate Stilson (Caleb J. Thaggard - The Retirement Party (2012)) and captured the attention of Colonel Hyrum Graff ( Harrison Ford - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Blade Runner (1982)) and Major Gwen Anderson ( Viola Davis - Prisoners (2013), Doubt (2008), The Help (2011)). Hyrum and Gwen removed Ender from the program by removing his monitor.

Ender brutally beats Stilson in self-defense after embarrassed Stilson attacks Ender because of his loss in the challenge. Ender nearly became unconsciousness from his older brother Peter choking him during a fight after Ender confesses to his sister Valentine that he is sad about his actions. Ender passes the test of expulsion and Hyrum offered him a spot in Battle School. Ender is not liked and respected by his classmates. He later earns their respect after he tests the commanders authority. Gwen is impressed after seeing Ender kill the in-game presenter of a dilemma he faced in a computer program mind game that he cannot possibly win because there is a no win scenario. Ender is then transferred to the Salamander Army, which is led by Commander Bonzo Madrid after he killed the in-game presenter.

This would have been an awesome movie if it were not so slow at the beginning of the movie. I fell asleep about three times. I am jubilant, I decided to see this movie again and stayed awake for the entire movie. The acting was amazing and on point - I love movies with Harrison Ford. It was visually stunning, and the CGI effects were simply amazing. The movie will leave you thinking about life and the what ifs? Watch this movie if you do not mind slow beginnings with non-stop action endings.

About Ender's Game 2013

Title: Ender's Game
AKA: Ender's Game
Year: 2013
Runtime: 114 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.5/5 stars from 27 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 27
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Elton LeBlanc, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, Joseph Uzzell, Harrison Ford, Kyle Clements, Kyle Russell Clements, Edrick Browne, Han Soto, Noëlle Renée Bercy, Viola Davis, Asa Butterfield, Giovanni Silva, Maris Black, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Andrea Powell, Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak, Wendy Miklovic, Aramis Knight, Moises Arias, Clayton Barth, Khylin Rhambo, Matt Cipro, Jacob Leinbach, Nonso Anozie, Griffin Smith, Conor Carroll, Joseph Angelette, Caleb J. Thaggard, Cameron Fachman
Writers: Gavin Hood, Orson Scott Card
Director: Gavin Hood