Few actors have appeared in as many sci-fi and fantasy films as Harrison Ford. This weekend, his latest venture, “Ender’s Game,” based on the popular 1985 book, was released. Ford has been “Blade Runner” and “Star Wars,” which are among the best sci-fi films of the last several decades. While “Ender’s Game” is not on the level of those classic films, it is still pretty good.
The movie is set many years in the future, where humans avoided extinction by defeating an alien race. But they continue to feel vulnerable. Because of this, they train children in a battle school above the earth, hoping they will find the next leader. The story centers on the shy Ender Wiggin (played by Asa Butterfield), who may end up being that leader. Ender is discovered by the tough Col. Graff (played by Ford) and a military shrink, Major Anderson (played by Viola Davis).
Ender Wiggin is a memorable character. He is an outcast at first, yet he is very smart, and he eventually gains the respect of his fellow students. Asa Butterfield does an excellent job playing Ender.
The film is directed by Gavin Hood, who makes the movie visually stunning. Also, he gets great performances from everyone in the cast. Abigail Breslin is very good as Ender’s sister. Another strong performance is from Ben Kingsley as one of the teachers.
“Ender’s Game” is well worth seeing, even for people who have not read the book.