Ender’s Got Game

By Alex Lally, ’14

“Ender’s Game” is a science fiction film directed by Gavin Hood (“Tsotsi”) and starring Asa Butterfield (“Hugo”) as Ender Wiggin. Supporting cast includes Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Ben Kingsley. “Ender’s Game” is based upon the 1985 book of the same name by Orson Scott Card.

The film tells the story of Ender Wiggin, a child prodigy that is the key to Earth’s victory against the Formics, an alien race that tried to colonize Earth many years ago. Ender’s superior officer, Colonel Graff (Ford), tries to push Ender beyond his safety zone to be the leader that Earth needs.ENDER'S GAME

“Ender’s Game” is very well acted with Butterfield and Ford definitely the highlights. Ender is an isolated individual, but get him angry and he’ll be a force to be reckoned with. Ford, as Graff, may feel like the clichéd military general type as times, but he gives a good spin on it. The supporting cast does an excellent job. Davis is Gwen, Graff’s second in command, who tries to tell Graff of the moral consequences that he’s doing to Ender. Steinfeld is Petra, who is the closest thing to Ender has to a sister figure.

The special effects are amazing with the zero gravity effects being on par with “Gravity”.

The biggest problem with “Ender’s Game” is the plotting feels incredibly rushed. Some characters feel like they’re supposed to have a major role but are in the end, undeveloped. The biggest examples are Ender’s brother and sister, Peter and Valentine. Peter, in the original book, psychologically traumatizes Ender, making him distant and shy. In the film he has one scene on Earth and tries to strangle Ender in a joking way. Valentine and Ender are very close in the novel, but in the film their relationship is undeveloped.

Overall, “Ender’s Game” is an excellent science fiction film with a few flaws. The acting and special effects are definitely the highlights of the film. The only biggest flaw is the film’s plotting and undeveloped characters, but viewers might only notice it if they’ve read the book. 4 out of 5 stars.


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