Ender’s Game

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.


One comment on “Ender’s Game

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