Who is Andrew Ender Wiggin and what why should we care? “Ender’s Game”, based on the novel by Orson Scott Card’s is the tale of Ender Wiggin, Asa Buttefield. Ender is the third child after older brother Peter, Jimmy, "Jax" Pinchak and sister Valentine, Abigail Breslin. The book, depicts a world that was threatened by an alien species known as “buggers” fifty years before and was saved by Mazer Rackham, Ben Kingsley. Colonel Graff, Harrison Ford, and Major Gwen Anderson, Viola Davis, are looking for a young soldier who can command, strategize and kill with no mercy, to save humanity. When Ender attacks and injures a bully in his group, he is sought out by Graff and Anderson to join the fight against the buggers.
The movie is fast paced and at times it is unclear as to how he moves up the ranks and just how many levels there are before he becomes the supreme commander of the army. While there is a never any real question as to just how far he will go, there are some aspects to this and in particular to the casting of Asa Butterfield as Ender that are troubling. Asa Butterfield is not a huge young man, and yet he defeats (and in the book actually kills) the two bullies that attack him. He is supposed to have the compassion of Valentine his sister, and the ruthlessness of Peter. However, in both size and body type (there is little to no muscle visible on him at all) he would appear as no threat to anyone.
In addition, when Mazer Rackham comes in at the end to train and help Ender, his character is significantly altered, to the point where he does not resemble the one written in the book, and is merely a plot device for the sequel yet to come.
The conclusion of “Ender’s Game” is one of the most shocking and important aspects of the story, and yet, it lacks the punch it should have. The moral and ethical questions about war, along with the underlying theme about games which depict war, are the unspoken subtext within the entire movie, begging us to ask the question: do games which depict war train our children for battles? And if so, what are the consequences for us and for our species?