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DVD review: Ender's Game (2013):

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Enders game is an engrossing, well-crafted coming of age story. It’s a great convergence of science fiction & storytelling. It’s a great story of young man's journey into manhood as his maturation into the role of a military messiah. The movie debuted in late 2013. The film stars Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Harrison Ford (Paranoria), Haliee Steinfeld (Romeo and Juliet), Viola Davis (Beautiful Creatures), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), and Abigail Breslin (The Call).
Enders Game is the blockbuster big screen adaptation of the series of books by (name). Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by The International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race, which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion (IMDB.com)
This is one of the better coming of age stories to hit the screen recently. The genre is flourishing at an all-time high. With the success of movies like Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter, filmmakers are scouring all forms of media to find the next big sensation. Enders’s Game is a better overall story than some of the others. It has a better mass appeal whereas movies like Twilight, Divergent, and Warm Bodies are focused too heavily on the romantic aspects of the story; Ender’s Game focuses on the character progression of Andrew Wiggin and how the relationships that he forges help shape his maturation.
The real strength of the story is the maturation process of Ender. The character development is great. Throughout his maturation process the film does a great job of humanizing his messiah like character. It always makes it a point to show his flaws alongside his growth & triumph. The story always adds a humanizing element to him allowing for him to be relatable. Ender’s Game isn’t big on action as it is more story heavy. It focuses on the process of
Asa Butterfield carries the weight of the film as Ender. He does a fantastic job at delivering possibly the best performance of his young career. Butterfield All of cast is great, in addition to Butterfield, Harrison Ford delivers his best performance since Cowboys & Aliens. Ford’s contribution to the film is as important as Butterfields. Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley, Haliee Steinfield & Abigail Breslin all make decent contribution but are clearly underused. They are far more talented than the roles they portray in this film will allow.
Ender’s Game continues the resurgence in the sci-fi genre that has been developing over the last two years. This is one of the better of the stories that are focused for that young adult target audience. It’s a multifaceted film that will be really enjoyable at any age. I’ve never read any of the books so I don’t know how true the film version is to the book but the big screen version is one of the better movies to be released in 2013. The cast and the story come together well and make this one of the must see films of 2013. It will make a great addition to your collection.

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