Ender’s Game (2013)

Ender’s Game is a dark story of a kid’s battle built on the shattered ideologies of crushed youths.

Here we see Ender (Asa Butterfield) as a naive looking boy with an above average intellect.  Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) from the International Military recruits him due to his potential to lead and trains him to become a great commander, one they can use to defeat the impending insect-like alien race invasion from “The Formics”.

Ender’s Game is far from perfect but it lays down a foundation of  strengths that could have made it great: setting is in outer space, good special effects, the acting, case of morality, the complexity of the characters since children at war is the main theme, and the subplots that touches on strategics and manipulation. The film heavily relies on putting the weight on its characters. Ender’s inner goodness is the defining plot of the film. Without it, there won’t be much trouble. His borderline compassion and violence is, like what Colonel Graff says, the qualities of a true leader. But the potential of the film immediately shows up as it stumbles on explaining some of the questions it left, case in point: why would they want to have children lead a war?

The ending leaves in a satisfactorily cliffhanger which could lead one to think of a possible sequel. And to be honest, I’d really like to see what happens next.

Rating: 7/10

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