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08/25/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The visual part is top notch. The ending dumb ...

There's only one kid on this launch with any brains at all so far, and that's Ender Wiggin.

Brace yourself for again a graphically stunning looking SF, with a strong beginning, a story that will make you frown your eyebrows and a fairly disappointing end. It's again based on a book I haven't read. The good news is, it's not a very complicated story. It's not such a story you don't know what it's about, because you didn't read the book in which the details are usually described. You'll notice as the movie progresses that it's a youth book. I couldn't get rid of the impression that this was a kind of "Harry Potter in Space". A kind of magic boy possesses certain qualities that adults have long been looking for. He's repeatedly called "The One" (an echoing reverberatin...

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02/13/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Out of Energy

This had the potential to be one epic adaption of a modern day scifi classic, but -there always seems to be a but doesn't there?- somewhere something went south with this production. Though sticking somewhat, though not exactly, to the book, it seemed to get really mired down at about mid way, so that by the time that the actual end game comes down at the near end of the film, it's more of a no brainer that what is happening is the actual event, and presented in such a way that, though meant to be a 'stunner', it just isn't, due to it's obviousness. It comes across as anti climatic really. The very end just leaves you wondering where did the story go, and why would they let it go there. It would be a spoiler to say what happens, but then really, nothing actually does. I give it 3 stars fo...

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11/07/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Beloved Book; Average Adaptation

This is one of those films I wasn't ever expecting to be made. A film adaptation of Ender's Game has been in the works for a long time - and considering it is still one of my favorite books of all time - I was wondering what the result would be when they eventually got around to making it. When it is all said and done, Ender's Game is a decent sci-fi film but pales in comparison to the book.

The main problem I have is that I just didn't feel a connection with the film. Asa Butterfield is an excellent choice for Ender - cool, calm, intelligent with a hint of vulnerability - and Harrison Ford makes a nice, gruff Colonel Graff - but otherwise the rest of the cast just feels wasted. You just don't get enough time to get to know any of the other characters - Hailee Steinfeld's Petra, the un...

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11/03/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

A Hit or Miss Sci-Fi Entry

"What?!" That was the first thought I had when the end credits started rolling for Ender's Game. This is partly due to the fact that the story is incomplete, and the film ends, essentially, with a cliffhanger. Some might say it's less a cliffhanger then a hook for a potential sequel, but the story is not wrapped up, so in my eyes, the film ends with a cliffhanger. In addition to this, the ending is just plain weird. I will avoid spoilers in this review (very difficult, considering many of my problems with the film revolve around the last 10 minutes or so), but let's just say that anyone that has not read the book (I am included in this demographic) will be baffled, confused, and decidedly weird-ed out.

The premise of Ender's Game, is that in the future, gifted children are to be e...

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