Decades after the Earth's first experience with a bug-like race called the Formics, mankind lives in an active state of war. Populations are regulated and every child is tested to become part of the International Military. When Ender Wiggin, succeeds where his brother, sister, and father failed, he is sent to Battle School, where he must train to fight a relatively unknown enemy. Constantly watched and manipulated by his teachers and commanders, Ender may be Earth's last chance to create a commander capable of ending the Formic war, once and for all.
Based on a novel by Orson Scott Card, "Ender's Game" is set in a not so far off future. Directed and co-written by Gavin Hood, director of "Wolverine Origins," the film stays true to much of the what was written in the novel. Of course, limited by time, many of the lesser, but meaningful moments of character development and subplots were cut or omitted from Hood's cinematic representation of the tale. For those familiar with the novels, the omission may leave them wanting, but only a little. A good number of the key interactions and scenes develop Ender and his relationships well enough to present an acceptable synopsis of Ender (Asa Butterfield) and characters like Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and Ender's sister, Valentine (Abigail Breslin). As some readers may have, some audiences may find the idea of recruiting children to fight a war, offensive. Several of the film's characters address such issues in their dealings with Ender. But, beyond the translation of the story and characters, the realization of the environments and technology is believable and appropriately integrated. "Ender's Game" is an intelligent look into a world where the future of Earth is truly in the hands of its children. Whether you're familiar with the Ender series of novels or not, the feature length representation of the tale is somewhat worth the price of admission.