Directed by: Gavin Hood
Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld
I went into this movie as a fan of the book all prepared to hate it, but it just had to go and be both really faithful to the source material and an entertaining film on its own right. That’s the nice thing about expecting the worst from everything, once every thousand times, you get surprised by something good!
Ender Wiggin is a genius kid selected to enroll in a space school designed to make the best and the brightest space fleet commanders so humanity can finally defeat the Formics, a bunch of alien bug guys. He goes through a lot of hard times, almost all of which are engineered by the old and grumpy Harrison Ford to make him more of a tactical thinker. After graduating from the first school, he goes to a second school where he’s trained by Australian Ben Kingsley with tattoos all over his face.
It’s a pretty nice looking sci-fi story, that’s ACTUALLY science fiction. There are just enough giant spaceships and explosions to keep the average person entertained, or so it seemed to me. I guess the movie only broke even, and is therefore a flop. In one respect, that’s kinda good; it’ll discourage a million movies being made out of the subpar book sequels anyway. As far as this movie goes, it’s great. Good sci-fi plot, sticks close to the book, great twist ending, and no naked kids at all! That’s a thing people were worried about from the books, I’m not just being really creepy out of nowhere.