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Rated PG-13 · 114 minutes · 2013
Finally, Orson Scott Card’s epic novel is adapted for the big screen and, regrettably, it misses the mark. Asa Butterfield plays Ender Wiggin, a future young master strategist who is picked by a determined Colonel (a craggy and fun Harrison Ford) to eventually command a crew of teens. The hope is that the teens (including True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld), through a series of drills and exercises can eventually gain the knowledge to lead Earth in a war against an insect-like alien species. The premise is a good one (and a trendsetter for such franchises as The Matrix and Harry Potter, being that Card penned the novel almost two decades ago), but Butterfield is a bust in the title role, rendering much of the movie flat and lifeless. Ford is the best thing in the movie, and I hope this acts a as a nice bridge for him to the Star Wars franchise; it’s indeed cool to see him doing sci-fi again. This movie feels abbreviated, with a rushed ending. Perhaps they should’ve done it as a TV miniseries, and recast the lead.
Official Site: https://www.lionsgatesocial.com/endersgame
Director: Gavin Hood
Producer: Gigi Pritzker, Linda McDonough, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Orson Card, Ed Ulbrich, Bill Lischak, David Coatsworth, Ivy Zhong, Venkatesh Roddam, Ted Ravinett, Deborah Del Prete and Mandy Safavi
Cast: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Moises Arias, Aramis Knight, Suraj Parthasarathy, Khylin Rhambo, Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak, Conor Carroll, Nonso Anozie, Tony Mirrcandani and Caleb Thaggard

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New Times San Luis Obispo Review: Ender's Game Ken Korman watches the big-screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel by Ken Korman 11/05/2013
Creative Loafing Charlotte Ender's Game: Kid stuff Rating: ** by Matt Brunson 11/01/2013
Gambit Review: Ender's Game Ken Korman watches the big-screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel by Ken Korman 11/05/2013
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Portland Mercury War and Pieces Adapting the inadaptable Ender's Game. by Erik Henriksen 10/30/2013
Colorado Springs Independent Ender's Game lacks the heart of the book Decades after Earth repelled an invasion by insectile aliens, the "Formics" are back. by MaryAnn Johanson 10/30/2013
Connect Savannah Film Festival: A boy & his tiger "Anybody who has made a movie can attest to the fact that making films is hard. It takes a long time, it's not cheap. You finish film school and you're ready to make movies, and the reality is, you also need to make a living." by Bill DeYoung 10/30/2013
Connect Savannah Review: Ender's Game The strength of the film is not in its conventional sci-fi elements but in the manner in which Ender relates to everyone around him. by Matt Brunson 10/30/2013
The North Coast Journal Weekly Risky Stunts Counselor is tired, Grandpa is spry by John J. Bennett 10/31/2013
Creative Loafing Tampa Ender’s Game plays it safe Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield star in sterile sci-fi. by Anthony Salveggi 11/01/2013

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