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In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham, all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin, a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
Adventure Sci-Fi - This is a sci-fi adventure based on the popular book of the same
name, and while it does have a bit of kid appeal due to the young
lead heroes, it also tackles some complex, mature, and downbeat
themes, especially in its conclusion, so parents should take note.
Also of note is some scattered moments of not overly graphic but
intense violence. Familiar adult stars such as Harrison Ford, Viola
Davis, and Ben Kingsley have smaller supporting roles to young lead
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 86 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: The three children loved "Enders Game."
TEENS: Nearly all the teens, both males and females, either loved "Enders Game," or enjoyed it very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Half the males and females loved this movie. Most of the remaining males and about a quarter of the females indicated that they enjoyed it very much. A few only felt it was an average movie but no one disliked "Enders Game."
ADULTS: These are very good, but not great, reviews from both the males or females. About half indicated that they loved "Enders Game." Another 20% to 25% rated it above average. Nearly all the rest only rated it as an average movie, which is a bit disappointing but not bad. A tiny percentage rated it below average.
After surviving a devastating attack by the insect-like Formics, the people of Earth have spent years
readying themselves for a repeat attack by nurturing a new generation of child geniuses to be trained as warriors.
The planet's best and brightest youngsters are selected to attend Battle School, an orbiting space station where
they compete for a chance to become a commander of the International Forces. Using advanced computer
simulations and rigorous game-like exercises, they train in an atmosphere of violence and intense competition,
knowing that only one will be selected to lead.
12-year-old Ender Wiggins (Asa Butterfield) is exceptional, even among his extraordinary classmates. His unique
combination of intelligence, empathy, and strategic brilliance makes him a standout in the classroom and in the
Battle Room -- a zero-gravity playground where games of futuristic laser tag test the trainees' strategic and physical
abilities. But Ender's singular gifts inspire envy in his fellow recruits, and the school's commander, Colonel Hyrum
Graff (Harrison Ford), deliberately alienates Ender from the other children in order to hone his individual
An outsider at first, Ender, with his preternatural understanding of human nature gradually builds a
coalition among his peers, and is soon promoted to command school -- located on a distant planet once used by
the Formics as a forward staging post for their invasion of Earth. Under the severe tutelage of Mazer Rackham (Ben
Kingsley), the brilliant general who defeated the Formics years earlier, Ender is rapidly promoted to lead his fellow
students in simulated war games against enemy forces.
Certain that another attack by the Formics is imminent, Graff and Rackham believe they have only weeks
to ready Ender to lead the International Fleet in a battle for planetary survival. But as the boy prepares to face his
final test, he develops gnawing doubts about the monumental task that lies ahead. Is this the best strategy for