A new review from The Movie Snob.
Ender’s Game (C-). I’ve never read the novel on which this movie is based, so I had no particular expectations going in. I found it to be a fairly dull sci-fi/action flick with tons of special effects and very little else. In the future, mankind has barely survived an attempted alien invasion by some nasty bug-like aliens. In the following decades, the government has thrown its full weight into (1) building a space fleet to fight the aliens when they return and (2) training gifted young people to fly those ships. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield, Hugo) emerges as the Chosen One, a teenager with such prodigious strategic gifts that he is promptly packed off to a sort of Hogwarts-in-Space to complete his training and lead the battle fleet. Indeed, most of the movie is about Ender doing his training, meeting his Hermione (Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit), playing zero-G Quidditch, and what have you. It’s just not very exciting stuff. Harrison Ford (Witness) plays the gruff Dumbledore of the outfit. Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), who’s looking more grown-up all the time, has a couple of scenes as Ender’s sister. My goddaughter loved it (or at least claimed to), but I suggest you give it a pass.