Written November 02, 2013
If you've read the book, you'll be very disappointed. They fudge the story lines for screenplay repeatedly. This is very akin to The Last Airbender, a fantastic animated series that fell on its face in the theater. The acting is not flat, but does not have any of the emotion or cerebral intensity so apparent in the book. Critics use terms like, Tolkien would roll in his grave, yet this abysmal representation was allowed by the original author to represent what was a well respected, artfully crafted book series. I'm sure my children will love it, but once they read the books, they will wonder why the movie is so different and misses such incredibly vast volumes of the original storytelling. If you want to understand what the story was meant to be, what the political, psychological and character plot lines were intended to be, read the books. Unfortunately, this movie leaves more questions than answers, and more holes than purposeful screenplay. - A very disappointed Ender Fan.
Written November 04, 2013
The story was not exactly like the book... but the movie was interesting and keeps you glued to your seat. The interaction of Ender as he moved through his training is very well done. This movie is for all ages... and the special effects are second to none. You will like this movie weather you are old or young or make or female. There is something here that we all can relate to. Strangely enough the most famous of all the actors (Harrison Ford) was the "weak link" in what was a terrific acting job by all. This is thrilling feel good move.
Written November 07, 2013
Being Someone that has read the book and knows the characters and the setting of the whole book, I was looking forward to what they were showing in the preview. excited to see what parts I liked in the book in the movie. I could tell that in the first 10 minutes of the movie that there was a lot of things out of place and certain things that changed the whole foundation of the book in my opinion leading me to believe that they are not gonna make any of the successors to this movie. albeit it was a good movie and fast paced. couldn't compare that intensity and depth on the characters and the mind of ender, still a good movie. so all in all I would prefer the book. but still worth the time to see the movie
Written November 03, 2013
For science fiction aficionados, and those who have read one or more of this series by Orson Scott Card, I think you will find this film to be very close to the story line. For me, seeing the scenes in the battle school were brilliant. They turned out to look quite a bit like I imagined them when I read the book. As to the ending, it seems they left it open to sequels: Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind and Ender in Exile.
Written November 03, 2013
I've read all 10 books in the series, the 5 Enders and the 5 Shadows (Bean) and they really did a great job putting this to picture. Asa Butterfield did a great job as Ender - all the cast were really good.
If you want your kids to learn about camaraderie, responsibility, honor and things that will set them apart in the future, by all means take them. Take those tom boy girls too! Any kind of a manly guy will really love it, maybe even sissies. But this is all about survival and binding together without regard to one's differences to bring together a class action war maneuver that casts away fear in the midst of death all around you.
Plus it has awesome graphics and technology use. The rocket transporters, the drones, the anti-gravity room, the space station itself - just really cool stuff that would make you want to go on the set and play around.
It's a war story, no doubt, but you really get into the lives and minds of these kids. And one bully scene is really great.