The story of the movie Ender’s Game may be more entertaining than the movie itself. The story of Ender is a beloved science fiction series read by countless young adults durings its publishing history. There are many out there who love the Ender’s books as much as some love the Lord of the Rings and other novels typically read during youth. Thus, a movie featuring Ender has been in the works for a very long time.
Finally, in 2013, it was announced that the big screen adaptation of the novel was going to hit the theaters. Fans were excited. Then, the author of the novels, Orson Scott Card, a notorious social conservative, gave some interviews that reminded everyone that he was very anti-homosexual and anti-gay-rights. All of those writings and interviews were dragged out into the light, which sparked a move to boycott the films.
Then the movie came out and it got, at best, lukewarm reviews. Those who were not familiar with the story decided that it didn’t look all that interesting. Hardcore fans went to the theaters, but it wasn’t enough to lift the movie into “hit” status. The movie under-performed which has caused the possibility of any sequels to all but vanish.
Now, Ender’s Game comes to home video. Perhaps it can find an audience there.
Also out this week is a highly praised film featuring a performance by Robert Redford that many say has to be seen to be believed.
Here are the movies coming to DVD on February 11, 2014:
Ender’s Game - Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley. The Earth is under attack from insect-like creatures known as Formics. The Earth and the Formics have been battling for years, if not for the efforts of a master strategist named Mazer, the human race would have been wiped off the map. However, the International Fleet needs to find the next Mazer in order to make the final push and wipe out the Formics. A young prodigy named Ender Wiggins is pulled out of his regular school and enrolled in Battle School. He soon shows that he is a genius strategist and finds himself promoted to Command School where he trains under Mazer himself. Can Ender wipe out the Formics and save the human race once and for all? The movie was not well received, embroiled in controversy and named one of the biggest box office bombs of 2013. Rated PG-13.
All Is Lost - Robert Redford. A solo movie and virtually a silent one. Redford turns in a virtuoso performance even at the age of 77. His character goes unnamed, but we know that he has decided to embark on a solo voyage in a small craft across the Indian Ocean. When his boat collides with a shipping container and begins taking on water, an epic battle for survival ensues. The high seas soon knock out his navigational equipment and his radio, and then he ends up heading directly into a violent storm. Critics raved about Redford’s performance as the actor performed many of the stunts himself. More than a few movie fans and critics have expressed outrage that Redford did not get an Academy Award nomination for his efforts. Rated PG-13.