Written January 06, 2014
With the idea that The Hobbit could be expanded into three movies (with the help of other written materials and just some good old directorial imagination), I feel they should have taken a chance on making Ender's Game a two part movie.
I generally don't read the book that is a movie, as I feel the movie representation often ruins the original source material's intent.
For this one, I listened to the audiobook whilst driving across the country, I enjoyed it so much I listened to another Ender's universe book.
I really feel they did it a disservice of not breaking the book into two movies.
But I can also see that it would have been hard for them to take the chance on two movies.
If you like Ender's Game the book, you probably will be just 'ok' with the movie.
If you like sci-fi movies, then this is probably a good one.
I was disappointed.
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.