Written November 01, 2013
This was the worst adaptation of a book to the big screen that I've seen in a decade. There was absolutely no character development and if you hadn't read the book I would be surprised if the movie even made sense.
I didn't feel any of the moral dilemmas conveyed by the book. None of the tension between characters.
It seemed like they just had a checklist that said they should mentioned at least one thing from every third chapter.
The special effects were great, the actors did a fine job, but nothing could such a poor screenplay and direction. So disappointing.
Written July 01, 2015
Poor background info on why they want to kill the alien species. Not enough character development. What's up with Ender's family relationships ? Basically a kids movie.
Written November 02, 2013
I'm a serious reader of science fiction. This honest film honors its creative source and is so unified that its core point digs into you and stays on, which is what all the best science fiction writing does and is for. Cinema is used so naturally as a medium that you fall into it. I'm not interested in seeing any film for kicks or a high, thrills or chills. I'm interested in a story with a point. This film sticks to it so tightly you lose track of time. Every scene is interesting, and the dramatic interaction is believable and seems to matter. Ender's character seems sincere and real, with some really intense acting. The adults less so, and that is actually part of the point, that our intensity of feeling for our lives and each other comes from the strength to stick to a personal standard. The author of the book is a famous Mormon, which I do not identify with at all, and talks about his fixation on morality. Perhaps this is a moral point. It is human reality.
Written December 24, 2013
This was a good take on the full Orson Scott Card book. It did lack what I believe was an important aspect from the book. In the book there was much more story regarding Ender's sister and brother back on Earth and the politics that take place while Ender is training. This would have added some time to the movie, but also would have added a good amount of depth regarding Ender and his sisters real love for each other and subsequently their real disdain for their older brother. Otherwise was a good movie and would recommend.
Written December 09, 2013
This movie is definitely a must see, especially if you are an Orson Scott Card fan. It is very true to the book, which often does not happen in theaters. Mr. Card was one of the producers, so that probably had a lot to do with the outcome. The actors were very good and very believable. The special effects were almost overwhelming in their size and scope. Anyone who is a Star Wars fan would probably enjoy this story very much.