Ender's Game

(DVD - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Ender's Game

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A hostile alien race attacked Earth, and if not for the legendary heroics of Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham, all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, Colonel Hyrum Graff is training only the best young children. Ender Wiggin, a shy, but brilliant boy, is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope. Once at Command School, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead them into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
Statement of Responsibility: Summit Entertainment presents in association with Oddlot Entertainment, a Chartoff Productions, Taleswapper, Oddlot Entertainment, K/O Paper Products, Digital Domain production ; produced by Gigi Pritzker, Linda McDonough, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Orson Scott Card, Ed Ulbrich ; screenplay by Gaving Hood ; directed by Gavin Hood
Title: Ender's game
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
laser optical, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
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Report This Apr 13, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The premise of this freckle-faced pre-pubescent kid catapulted to heroism by his peers and his superiors on a whim was too absurd for me. I found the notion that children were better suited than adults to deal with war just plain ridiculous.

Report This Apr 09, 2014
  • betheri rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good sci fi adventure suitable for the whole family. Much better than expected.

Report This Apr 05, 2014
  • brontelit87 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The story is compelling. It's unusual for a children's story to deal with such heavy material. While the story is very interesting, and raises important questions, it's not necessarily that original. The actors were okay in this film. I loved Asa Butterfield as the young Mordred in the BBC's _Merlin_ series and as Hugo in the eponymous movie, but I felt that he was forcing an American accent in this film, which took away from his performance. He was nevertheless great in the role; he's got great expressions. Abigail Breslin was just wrong for this movie. Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley were okay. Viola Davis is really good. I have to say that Hailee Steinfeld was great in her smallish role here. She's truly a talented actress and one of the best American actresses. She's natural in every role. Recommended movie.

Report This Apr 02, 2014
  • mispelled rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ya know, I kept expecting this Ender guy to like build a little robot thing. Like a robot that does drawings or something. Jokes aside it is a good film that allowed me to talk to the kids about working hard to build your talents and some off the kinds of people that you may meet along the way, good and bad.

Report This Apr 02, 2014
  • sharkmaw rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The 2-stars are for the production values and special effects alone. After all the controversy, I was surprised at what an inconsequential little popcorn-fart of a movie this is, not to mention profoundly hypocritical, since its 'message' is one of tolerance and understanding. But the biggest problem is that this movie HAS NO CLIMAX. I was literally left going, "What th--?! That's IT??" As for the controversy, it boils down to this: apparently O. S. Card would have more sympathy for alien bugs than he does for homosexuals of his own species. Rewatch STARSHIP TROOPERS instead, which is a very similar, but superior film (and also based on a controversial author, Robert A. Heinlein, who was proudly fascist)--at least it has a satisfying ending and honestly extolls its author's philosophy. This one is a major fail--dramatically and ideologically.

Report This Apr 01, 2014
  • X_andor_Who rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ender’s Game: Ever feel like you’re in a game…like you are in someone else’s game, and are never in charge of your own? Always feel like you’re taking tests, but never making your own? Then Ender’s Game maybe a game to test your own (metal) making of one. On the surface it is equitable to the mundane military drone citizen life that we seemingly all share, but beneath that, there-in secretes the tales secretly and rarely, if ever told. Simple statements and questions that need be explored are: “take me to your leader”. “who is your leader?”, “who are YOU in charge of?”, “in regards to me or the I, who am I, what is a me?” It is ultimately silly, to be a forever foolish test taker taken in by the errors of others, whom as well, these others couldn’t figure and fight their own way out of supposed existence’s enigma constructed bag either. But finding this out is extremely difficult and it becomes even more difficult when becoming aware of this almost silent existing happening. The true master is silence; the true student to the true master is the all consuming of questions, query master; and the slave of oneself is the follower unto its own foolish follies. I liked the movie and for what it seemed to offer; and within this offering, the cast core characters and their personal persona and personal paranoia being boldly represented, seemed to maximize the visceral experience of one’s (mine own) shared senses and mental mind mood (of mine own) per relations toward life as a whole, and to my mutually inclusive and excluding life experience in and outside movies. Although, and I’ve said this countless times already since passed previous pasts, now passed from eons ago, I prefer my morals and lessons to come thru and in cartoon or non-human form. Human and human looking images are often assumed to be real-real even when supposed human body or human bodies is or are acting as representative character(s) of an imagined mental script; and so, in simple translation of this, much and many a myriad self examinations get lost to the illusion that life is real-real, and self examinations become lost by believing that the idea that the imaginary is stupid and silly and for children only. I thought and felt Ender’s Game to be a mellifluously, well-made movie; and it, the movie, having had augmented and ameliorated the rarely heard question of that of one’s moral morale…being, “in regards and with respect to anything, where do I truly stand?” Rating: 4.8/5.0; Xandor Who

Report This Mar 24, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I knew nothing about this movie and overall it was an OK movie. Special effects where great but for some reason having the entire main cast as children really kinda ruined it for me. It was almost at times a full metal jacket boot camp with kids. The story was also a little lame, we get attacked so let’s go get’em back (really?).. From a Sci-Fi perspective, it was excellent, cool ships, good technology, excellent visuals etc. Not a hard movie to watch just leaves you with very little to talk about afterwards.

Report This Mar 17, 2014
  • nycounsel rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

good movie, mostly good performances, though i personally think it would have been better if the messages were not delivered in such a heavy-handed way. I suppose that was deemed necessary for a younger audience.

I liked the book better than the movie.. but then again, don't most people? The movie was a decent attempt at the book.

Report This Mar 15, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good science fiction movie, excellent special effects. Read the book first.

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Report This Apr 13, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Ender Wiggin: "In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him."

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