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Ender's Game review

Friday 29 Nov 2013 6:03 p.m.

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It's the future. The world's most intelligent children, bred to be trained killers, to exact revenge on an insectoid alien race who attacked earth several decades earlier.

This is Ender's Game.

Ender Wiggin could be the one, the boy who could lead them to victory against their enemy.

Harrison Ford is Colonel Graff. He believes Ender can save them all. He throws the boy into rigorous battle training, on a very need-to-know basis.

These books have a very faithful following and the visual aesthetic and special effects of the film are impressive enough.

Asa Butterfield, star of Scorsese's Oscar-winning Hugo, has another lead role here as Ender, and he's a talent to watch.

Perhaps the script is to blame, but the dramatic tone of some of the more character-driven scenes were undermined by some truly dated and clunky dialogue, which sucked much of the credibility from screen and from the actors.

Ender's Game left me very, very confused about who this film is trying to please. It felt like it was targeting a teen audience but the very adult themes of war, of child soldiers and genocide spun my moral compass until I felt dizzy.

Ultimately though, despite the dizziness, I just got a little bored.

Two stars.

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     Ender's Game
:: Director: Gavin Hood
:: Starring: Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, Moises Arias, Aramis Knight
:: Running Time: 114 mins
:: Rating: M - Violence
:: Release Date: December 5, 2013

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