Ender’s Game – Not just another space film

Ender's Game film poster
Ender’s Game film poster

In the not so distant future an alien race known as the formics have attacked the earth. Obliterated once already by the infamous fleet commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), they have yet again returned, but what are their intentions?

To prepare for the next attack, puffed up action man, Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the international military forces are training the best young future minds to find their future Mazer.

A young boy, Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a strategic but shy genius, is recruited to join the force. He soon masters the challenges and simulations that Battle School throw at him, allowing himself to stand out from the crowd and win respect amongst his peers.

Graff soon realises that Ender is his next best hope of saving the world, which results in his promotion to Command School. Once arriving, he’s trained by an unexpected commander. Along with his fellow soldiers, Ender must endure an epic battle that will determine the future of the earth and the human race.

Will all be lost, or will Ender save the Earth and humanity?

Ender’s Game boasts some amazing visual marvel (even in 2 Dimensional) that made me get dizzy in a geeky kind of ‘I’m in space’ way.

As for the acting talent, Asa Butterfield (Ender) played his role with real conviction, that made me really believe in his character and anxiously sit on the edge of my seat awaiting the scenes that were to follow.

Another surprise came in the form of actor, Ben Kingsley (Mazer) who made a very convincing Kiwi.

Everyone’s a critic when it comes to Sci-Fi’s but I couldn’t find anything worth criticising except perhaps Harrison Ford’s character, Colonel Graff who annoyed me throughout the film. I can’t quite pin point what irritated me so much about his role, so I’ll just put it down to personal acting preference.

I enjoyed Ender’s Game and I think it should definitely be a film to add to your ‘to watch’ list.

Words by Michelle Stannard

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