Orson Scott Card’s “Enders” franchise finally receives the big screen treatment. I’m going to ignore the politics and history of the author and do what I always do … simply judge the film for what it is. As usual, I do not compare “the book vs the movie”, as these are totally different mediums, and it’s about time people STFU and start accepting that – it’s like comparing an oil painting to a piece of opera music.
Ender’s Game is one of the most visually impressive films of recent times, combined with a stunning musical score by Steve Jablonsky, this a beautiful experience.
Set in a sci-fi future 120 years from now, Asa Butterfield is Ender – a super intelligent military cadet destined to lead an International Fleet to combat an alien force. Abigail Breslin portrays his sister Valentine, and though limited with actual on screen time, she lights up the screen when seen, as she has grown into a stunningly beautiful young lady. However, it’s the tomboy-ish Petra (Hailee Steinfeld) that is the dominant and most interesting female character of the film. Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis are the mature support cast that carry the crucial exposition of the story.
There is a lot I like about this film, despite it being in danger of falling into expected clichés and predictability, most of all is its’ patience. Director Gavin Hood always seem willing to allow scenes to play out slowly, all the time delivering a movie that was smart and thought-provoking. Best of all, Ender’s Game offers something most other film’s of this genre seem to lack … a conscience.
“Ender” has the potential to become one of the better film franchise over the next decade. It certainly has enough source material to expand upon. I believe Ender’s Game will eventually find its’ target audience, perhaps on dvd/bluray release or even a couple years from now. Eventually.
score: 8.5 out of 10.