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Ender's Game (2013)



Critic Consensus: If it isn't quite as thought-provoking as the book, Ender's Game still manages to offer a commendable number of well-acted, solidly written sci-fi thrills.

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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 (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, 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. Based on the best-selling, award winning novel, ENDER'S GAME is an epic adventure which stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. -- (C) Summit

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Harrison Ford
as Colonel Hyram Graff
Asa Butterfield
as Ender Wiggin
Hailee Steinfeld
as Petra Arkanian
Abigail Breslin
as Valentine Wiggin
Moises Arias
as Bonzo Madrid
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak
as Peter Wiggin
Khylin Rhambo
as Dink Meeker
Ben Kingsley
as Mazer Rackham
Viola Davis
as Major Gwen Anderson
Nonso Anozie
as Sergeant Dap
Tony Mirrcandani
as Admiral Chjamrajnager
Edrick Browne
as Eros Tech Officer Hendee
Han Soto
as Lieutenant Soto
Jasmine Kaur
as Professor
Wendy Miklovic
as Female Doctor
Kyle Clements
as Young Mazer Rackham
Andrea Powell
as Theresa Wiggin
Cameron Gaskins
as Slattery (Leopard Army)
Chris Coakley
as Stilson Buddy #1
Chase Walker
as Stilson Buddy #2
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Critic Reviews for Ender's Game

All Critics (225) | Top Critics (63)

Starship Troopers, Alien, Tron and Star Trek also make up the movie's DNA but the story - a provocative study about the morality of warfare and conflicts of leadership - injects something powerful and new into the familiar 'chosen one' plot trajectory.

September 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The battle scenes are spectacular but lifeless and hard to engage with. We're watching a cascade of computer-game imagery.

February 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It was a bit like standing in a room where someone is playing a video game on a screen and you're not actually taking part in it but you have to watch interminably this game being played and it's just really a bit boring.

February 18, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5

Enough people attended Ender's Game last weekend to place it at the top of the box office. But could any of them have known how profoundly unspectacular an experience they were in for?

December 10, 2013 | Full Review…

While the picture loses some plot tension by assuring the viewer that Ender is basically an okay kid, it gains by showing the growth of the boy into his destiny as "the One."

November 19, 2013 | Full Review…

Perfectly satisfactory.

November 19, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ender's Game


Disappointing adaptation of the Sci-Fi novel. While the special effects are pretty decent, especially the zero G training has some interesting scenes you haven't seen like that before. And while there are great names among the adult actors, most of the kids just do not work. It's also the script's fault that they come across as brats, especially the main character. Everything just works out miraculously for him, chosen one and all that jazz. Sure, there is a pretty dark twist later one and the ideas that come from that make for an interesting ending, turning a lot of the military bravado from earlier on its head, but by then it's too late: you don't care about anything happening on the screen for a while already.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

This is not a game. Good Movie! Despite all the odds, Ender's Game winds up as a very good movie that just barely misses on being a great one. Perhaps the films biggest strength is its production design, the technical team did an outstanding job of bringing the environments of the battle school to life, the zero gravity combat scenes being some of the films biggest highlights. It's not all perfect however, there is a little problem with some of the heavy exposition dumps in the film. Plus a couple of the actors (most notably Viola Davis) seem lost and don't know what kind of movie they're supposed to be doing. The biggest problem with Ender's Game is the incredibly fast pace, which isn't an immediate issue, but a lot of story and character development suffers. Overall though, this film was worth the long gestation period. It delivers more than we had a right to expect. Orson Scott Card may be homophobic but the powerful message at the heart of this film says much more than the average Hollywood film is capable of delivering. The Earth was ravaged by the Formics, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Seventy years later, the people of Earth remain banded together to prevent their own annihilation from this technologically superior alien species. Ender Wiggin, a quiet but brilliant boy, may become the savior of the human race. He is separated from his beloved sister and his terrifying brother and brought to battle school in orbit around earth. He will be tested and honed into an empathetic killer who begins to despise what he does as he learns to fight in hopes of saving Earth and his family.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Meaningless with little thought to bigger issues. Really not acted or executed well. I'd prefer watching a rerun of Star Wars. Also, the fact that the story was written by the anti-equality NOM man Card makes the film unworthy of the time of fair-minded audiences.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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