Of the four movies opening today, the one with the most buzz is the film adaptation of the novel “Ender’s Game.” Starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, the movie has so far received a positive reception based on today’s reviews, which could propel it to the top of the box office.
Despite controversial comments from “Ender” author Orson Scott Card, the movie is still projected by a number of sites to break the $25 million mark but faces a proposed boycott from LGBT community groups. However the film itself has seemed to earn positive marks from critics across the country, especially ones that haven’t always been kind to Mr. Ford in his last few ventures. Although that’s not to say they don’t still find a way to get jabs in…
"More considered than your standard lunk-headed blockbuster and certainly visually engrossing, this game is played well." – Tom Long, Detroit News
"Ender's Game" works as a contained story and as a table-setting first chapter". – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"Watching this adaptation of Ender's Game is like looking over the shoulder of someone playing a space video game. It's entertaining for a while, but eventually there needs to be more." - Rick Bentley, Fresno Bee
The sci-fi action film focuses on Earth following an attack by a hostile alien. After holding off their initial wave, the International Military, led by Colonel Hyrum Graff (Ford), decide to train only the best and brightest children to withstand future attacks. One of those new recruits is Ender Wiggin, (Butterfield), a shy but brilliant boy who soon shows he may be the key to Earth’s victory.
Co-starring Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin, “Ender’s Game” kicks off the holiday movie season. One of the more anticipated films of 2013, the movie also could prove to be a boost to the filmography of Ford started the year with the hit “42,” but then saw his resurgence stall out following box office flop “Paranoia.” Yet with a role in “Anchorman 2” next month and a spot in the highly profitable “Expendables” franchise next summer, it may finally be “game on” for real for the iconic film star.
“Ender’s Game” is now in theaters.