Somewhere in the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics attacked Earth. We would have been wiped out if it hadn’t been for the heroics of fleet commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), who gave his life to save the human species. With Rackham gone, it’s up to colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) to find and train the next Mazer. How does he do this? He takes kids that are good at video games and trains them. That’s where Ender Wiggin comes in (Asa Butterfield), yet another character with a name that sounds like it should’ve been used in The Hobbit.
Ender is a shy but strategically brilliant kid who quickly works his way up to the top of Battle School. But does he have what it takes to lead us into battle? Of course he does. Any kid that mutters things like ‘when I understand my enemy enough to defeat him, then I also love him’ before growing his first pubic hair, is obviously meant to do great things.
Based on yet another best-selling novel series, this will probably not be the only Ender’s Game movie seeing as there are already 13 books (with more on the way). But I’m thinking I’ll just stick to this one… everything about this Gavin Hood directed flick is clinically cool. I’m not just talking about the temperature in outer space here… it’s everything from the color schemes to the way dialogues are delivered. Even during an action sequence where Ender is whirling around in zero gravity, you’re hard-pressed to find anything riveting. It may look great but it does not exactly make for a thrilling movie.