It has taken a long, long time for Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game to finally make it to the big screen, but it was definitely worth the wait. With the progression of visual effects and CGI, Gavin Hood’s adaptation gives the novel the feature film sci-fi treatment it deserves.
For those who aren’t familiar Ender’s Game, the story follows the titular Ender, a brilliant boy who has the fate of all humankind resting on his shoulders. Most of the movie focuses on his training, with the ultimate goal of leading Earth’s forces against an alien invasion.
Our own Sam Woolf is a pretty big fan of the film, giving it 4 stars out of 5 in his review. Check out an except below:
Ender’s Game has brains and an interest in ideas that’s been sorely missing from the rest of this year’s big budget sci-fi herd. The combined strength of Butterfield’s lead performance and Hood’s direction turn Ender’s Game into an actual movie instead of just another “for the fans” YA novel adaptation, and it’s a pretty good one at that.
With some pretty good sci-fi flicks coming out this year, I was a bit hesitant about this one, especially since last time we saw a big-budget sci-fi film with a child lead it turned out to be pretty terrible (After Earth). Thankfully, Ender’s Game doesn’t make the same mistakes.