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ENDER’S GAME – Film Review

A military science fiction, based on Orson Scott Card’s best selling novel ENDER’S GAME, is an epic adventure which stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin.

Sometime in the future, an alien race attacks Earth and Mazer Rackham halts their advance by appearing to sacrifice himself during their attack.

In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.

Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is a young cadet, who beats fellow mate at a handheld virtual game while Colonel Graff and Major Gwen Anderson keep an eye on him.

They visit the Wiggin family during supper and offer Ender a place in Battle School, admitting that the final test was to see, “what happens when the monitor is removed.” Initially hesitant, Graff talks to Ender in privacy, convincing him to accept, which he does.

Being the last to arrive at the shuttle taking off for Battle School, he is confronted with unfriendly mates. Soon he gains the respect of the other launchies (fellow mates).

Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers.

Anderson and Major Gwen keep an eye on his progress, and at one instance, Anderson comments that she’s never seen anyone do like that before.

They are convinced that Ender has the killer instinct in him together with leadership qualities. So he is immediately transferred to Salamander Army where is he promoted.

Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School.

Immediately then Ender is given the command of Dragon Army, which is at the bottom of points table. Only the top team is to be selected for the final warfare. The Dragon Army rapidly progresses to the top of the rankings and at one stage they had to face the attach of two other armies (teams), where they eventually triumph again.

Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

– Paresh B. Mehta


Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff
Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian
Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin
Abigail Breslin as Valentine Wiggin
Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham
Kyle Russell Clements as Young Mazer Rackham
Viola Davis as Major Gwen Anderson
Aramis Knight as Bean
Suraj Parthasarathy as Alai
Moisés Arias as Bonzo
Khylin Rhambo as Dink
Jimmy Pinchak as Peter Wiggin
Nonso Anozie as Sergeant Dap
Conor Carroll as Bernard
Caleb J. Thaggard as Stilson
Credits & Crew:
Studio – Chartoff Productions, Taleswapper, OddLot Entertainment, K/O Paper Products, Digital Domain
Based on the novel – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Produced by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Gigi Pritzker, Linda McDonough, Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee
Directed by Gavin Hood
Screenplay by Gavin Hood
Music by Steve Jablonsky
Cinematography Donald McAlpine
Editing by Zach Staenberg
Distributed by Summit Entertainment

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