Watch Ender's Game Online Free (2013) or Download Ender's Game Movie Now. It’s been a long road from page to silver screen for Ender’s Game. In 1985, Orson Scott Card’s futuristic novel won the coveted Hugo and Nebula award – along with legions of fans – but for the past decade the film adaptation has been languishing in developmental hell. Directed by Gavin Hood and complete with a star-studded cast, the popular book has finally been brought to life. But whilst the classic literature is hailed as an inspiring and poignant coming-of-age story, the film doesn’t quite prove itself worthy of similar praise.
Download Ender's Game Movie Free (2013) or Watch Ender's Game Online Now. In the wake of a devastating planetary attack by an insect-like race called Formics, Earth’s most promising youngsters are being recruited and trained to protect the world from future attacks. One such remarkably gifted youth is Ender Wiggins (Asa Butterfield); Fast-tracked through battle school after gaining the attention of gruff Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford), Ender must master laser tag and other strategy-driven games if he is to earn the respect of his peers and become the military leader Graff desperately wants him to be. As is necessary with book to film adaptations there are a number of departures from Card’s prose, the biggest of which is that Hood’s screenplay condenses the six-year timeline into one, using dull narration to bring uninitiated audiences up to speed.
(2013) or Download Ender's Game Movie Now. Whilst there are a number of interesting ideas at play in Ender’s Game, none of these issues feel like they have been sufficiently delved into by the time the credits roll, with the result being that the film is not nearly as profound as it thinks it is. The special effects are of course the film’s biggest selling point, and the visuals are spectacular. However, Hood’s decision to play everything straight robs these impressive looking sequences of the fun they could have been. That might not have been a problem if the director had substituted fun for tension, but the various mock-battles the youngsters partake in are lacking in both.
Download Ender's Game Movie Free (2013) or Watch Ender's Game Online Now. The cast comprise of a decent mix of youth and experience, but the only actor whose abilities feel like they are being maximised is Butterfield. The Hugo star acquits himself well, showcasing some notable dramatic chops in the film’s final act and generally doing a solid job of portraying what might be going on in the mind of a child being prepared for war. Elsewhere the veterans of the piece are all solid in their roles, but both Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis are underused. Given her role as an emotional advisor for the children, it’s a particular shame that Davis wasn’t given more screen time, as this is an interesting viewpoint the film could have sorely used more of. Despite the solid performances – and an admittedly intriguing final 10 minutes – Ender’s Game is an underwhelming sci-fi that makes poor use of its thought-provoking material.
(2013) or Download Ender's Game Movie Now. Anyone going into Gavin Hood’s long-gestating adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s YA sci-fi novel expecting propulsive thrills and spacey, seat o' the pants, kid-centric funtimes is likely to come away baffled, exasperated and maybe even a little alarmed. Approach armed with the knowledge that Card’s book nestles on the shelves of the US Marine Corps Professional Reading List between a novel based on the Battle of Thermopylae and a harrowing first-hand account of the Battle of Fallujah, and things make a little more sense. It won’t make the film any more enjoyable, but it will prepare you for the two hours of punishing, mirthless training sequences and unyielding knee-high ooh-ras that await.
Download Ender's Game Movie Free (2013) or Watch Ender's Game Online Now. As a Butterfield plays literal space-cadet Ender Wiggin. During a rushed opening act in which the audience is tasked with piecing together the general plot from their memories of other, more coherent movies, Ender is presented as either a wash-out (or is he?), a psycho (or is he?) or a genius one-kid resistance army with the ability to turn the tide of a coming war with rapacious insectoid space-aliens (he so is). Soon spotted by gruff Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) he is whisked up to an orbiting space station to begin his training proper with a faceless platoon of similarly over-achieving little snots. Cue endless zero-G wide games, some stock bullying and Ford getting increasing hot under the collar about Ender’s burgeoning leadership capabilities/white-eyed bloodlust.
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(2013) or Download Ender's Game Movie Now. And repeat. Ender’s Game is not a wholly poor film, but it’s not for the want of trying. Hood’s decision to play the source material straight and sober — cos war is, like, no day at the beach — results in a film that’s drained of all vestiges of fun, that features no likeable characters and offers very little in the way of original action sequences. Prequel-era George Lucas would love it. Paul Verhoeven’s adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s 'Starship Troopers' (another book on the Marine Corps Reading List) showed that just because your film is mired in teen cannon-fodder and trimmed with fascist polemics, there’s no reason to get all po-faced about it. On the contrary. If instead of dwelling on Ender’s conflicted (and unresolved) moping, everything — the cast, the militarism, the design — was supercharged way past eleven, the gung-ho allure of battle and the glory of war would make Ender’s predicament far more compelling.
Download Ender's Game Movie Free (2013) or Watch Ender's Game Online Now. As it stands, Ender’s Game's lack of humanity, the ditchwater dull supporting characters and the unexceptional and apparently people-free (Ford seems to be organising Earth’s defences, running its orbiting space stations and developing its recruitment and training programmes pretty much by himself) future-world the film depicts make the prospect of an alien invasion actually quite appealing. But just when you think it’s played itself out, Ender’s Game saves the best and worst for last. The film’s big interplanetary action finale is simply gut-clenching. The honking excesses of Steve Jablonsky’s marmelising score and the sheer volume and scope of the action both hint toward the film Ender’s Game could have been. But a late-game twist that’s surely intended to pull the narrative and thematic rug out from under the audience is instead utterly self-defeating, and many will leave the cinema with the feeling they’ve been taken for a ride. A boring, confusing, swindling ride.