Ender's Game: sci-fi flick with an out-of-this-world problem
IT'S a sci-fi flick with an out-of-this-world problem. And Ender's Game is set to keep you guessing until the very last turn.
I was surprisingly happy to see the film succeed. I had high hopes and thankfully they weren't without reason.
Based on the book of the same title, Ender's Game follows the life of young Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) as he is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race.
The design and production values are excellent and I especially liked the animated sequences where Ender enters the computer game crafted uniquely for him.
The cast was pretty much perfect and they all played with conviction. I was impressed from the start by the way the film makes clear that Ender progresses so quickly because he is a brilliant strategist and Asa Butterfield is a good enough actor to convey this without resorting to over-acting.
The film does not shy away from the brutality of the lives that these young recruits lead, at least not within the confines of a 12A film, and the ending is as shocking and moving as it should be.
Overall though, this film was worth the long gestation period. It delivers more than we had a right to expect.
It was especially wonderful to see Harrison Ford back up in space.
Stars: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld
Director: Gavin Hood
Reviewer: Kiera Kelly Williamson