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 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.
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 February 07, 2016
There is an aweful lot of negative trolls hiding under this movie's bridge. I would say for the most part, I disagree with them. This movie was at the very least, entertaining. I have read the book, actually about 3 or 4 times, and I do understand and even dislike how much was left out. However, to tear down the movie because they couldnt cram 350 pages worth of explicit description into 2 hrs. of theatrical veiwing is unrealistic. If this movie made any real mistake it was not spreading the book into two movies. I am sure however, that budgeting / producer involvement probably hindered that idea. With that being said ill describe the movie as I feel it deserves. The movie itself was fast paced, its plot moved along as best as possible, the character development was done decently, but could have been a bit better (hence the reason for two movies) and it stayed pretty close to the book. The only negatives I can pull out of the movie is it felt a bit tweeny at times, and to much was amis
Written February 13, 2016
The book Ender's Game is excellent. However, there is SO much information in the book, I can completely understand why so much had to be edited out. Unfortunately, with all the editing, I feel like the movie lost its heart and soul. I enjoyed the movie, but not as much as I hoped to. I found myself restless, and even bored in parts, and the conclusion wasn't really as dramatic as I thought it would/should be. I will go see the next one - if they decided to do one.