"ENDER'S GAME" from Summit Entertainment opens Fri., Nov. 1, 2013.
STARRING: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Moises Arias.
DIRECTOR: Gavin Hood ("Rendition", "X-Men Origins")
Seventy years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for the future invasion.
This film should be as good as--and possibly better--than "Gravity". Despite the radically different concepts, it's unusual to have two science fiction films worthy of Oscar consideration in the same calendar year. This one is not your typical 'threat from deep space all-out war' movie. It's an intensely emotional story of cause and effect. It's the kind of story Harrison Ford became famous for, largely because he is aable to humanize this type of situation with a crackle in his voice and the look in his eyes.
It's based on the sensational novel of the same name written in 1985 by Orson Scott Card. It's taken a long time to get this book made into a film but the wait is definitely worth it. Although Card didn't write the final screenplay, his suggestions were certainly taken into consideration. As usual, the movie is not the same as the book but the core storyline is intact.
Hailee Steinfeld does not steal the show this time but she is obviously improving her craft. She got really lucky working opposite Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon in "True Grit". She lucked out again being cast alongside Ford, Kingsley and Davis. The equally lucky Abigail Breslin also shines in this film. These two young ladies are going to grace the silver screen for a very long time.