Bad books make bad movies and good books make good movies, so a great book should make a great movie. It should come as no surprise then that a great book like Ender’s Game would become just that, a great movie.
Based on the 1985 novel of the same name by American author Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game takes place in a future where Earth is attacked by an alien species called the Formics.
Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, played by Asa Butterfield, is an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military academy to prepare for a future invasion.
Directed by Gavin Hood, whose most recent work was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game first hit theatres on Nov. 1 and boasts big names such as Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. Fans of the original book helped give the movie a strong opening week but it has since dropped down in the box office charts.
The breakout performance of the movie goes to Asa Butterfield who perfectly shows the mixture of emotions in Ender as he battles with his sense of humanity while fighting as a ruthless commander. Throughout the movie, the audience finds themselves rooting for Ender no matter what he does
Originally set to be a franchise, the beautifully crafted and executed movie will likely not be reaching Harry Potter status as its powerful message may be lost on younger viewers.
Rated at 14A, I would not recommend bringing anyone under the age of at least 10 to see this movie. A lot of the emotional issues are quite intense and the subtle nuances of the character’s psyche and the message of the movie would be lost on younger viewers.
Overall the movie deserves a solid 4 out of 5 stars.