I sat in the movie theater expecting just another mediocre science fiction movie, but instead was pleasantly surprised to find myself very entertained and into Ender’s Game, excited by all the effects and action, but disappointed by the ending.
Ender’s Game revolves around an International Army that looks to recruit a child to fight an impending alien attack. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a strategic, brilliant boy, is recruited to train and lead fellow soldiers during this attack that will determine the future of Earth. The movie, although easy to follow at most times, can be slightly confusing. Ender moves very quickly through different levels of training and it can be hard to keep up with all the people he meets because many of them come back in the end. The story line in general was very interesting and had me very invested in characters such as Ender and Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford). Colonel Graff was a character with many depths; I was unsure whether to be for or against him. He became annoying and at times being controlling, throwing what seemed to me like temper tantrums. The child actors were chosen wisely and did a very good job portraying their characters.
Writer and director Gavin Hood (X-Men) efficiently moves the story along and portrays the personalities and distinct qualities of each character. Petra Arkanian (Hailee Steinfeld) shown a strong female role, is vital to Ender’s success. Hood weighs facts against feelings in this film, showing Ender battling with right and wrong and what he’s feeling versus what is right in the eyes of the International Army. This makes Ender a relatable character, which is important in any successful movie. The special effects of the film are enough to make someone want to see the film as well. The entire movie looks realistic and futuristic, and does a fantastic job of making it look like the children are in zero gravity.
With the action packed beginning and middle this film had, the ending was a little disappointing. It seems like there should be more to the movie, like the director randomly called cut and the movie was over. The feeling that something is missing from the end is inescapable. After Ender meets one of the aliens, many questions are left unanswered. That part should have been saved for the next movie–if there even is one.
All in all, this Hunger Games meets Star Wars film was decent, with an engaging story line and special effects despite it’s mediocre; a two hour movie that will leave you wanting more. Score: 6/10.
Sophie Bocksnick/Staff Writer