The film ‘Ender’s Game directed/written by Gavin Hood is based on the best-selling, award winning novel by the same name. It is the story set in the near future, after Earth has survived an attack by a hostile alien race called the Formics.
During that attack, they were miraculously saved from extinction by the heroics of the legendary International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley).
In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Ender soon rises through the ranks of Battle School as he quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations. He is promoted to Command School and given his own team to train. He quickly proves himself to be a master strategist winning respect amongst his peers. While at Command School, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
But Ender soon comes to believe that there is more to war than playing games when he discovers a secret buried within planet Earth.
The movie viewed in IMAX is visually stimulating without the aid of 3D. You will find yourself immersed in the simulated battle training as the cadets float about in zero gravity with grace and form (Harry Potter has nothing on these games). The special effects are very detailed and create spectacular battle scenes.
Asa Butterfield is superb as the young warrior with a brilliant military mind. Yet, he also has compassion for others. A trait not usually seen in warriors. He deftly portrays a young man who must shoulder the weight of his family, friends, and mankind.
Harrison Ford is the strict Colonel Hyrum Graff who believes in Ender’s ability to save mankind. It is this belief that drives him to push Ender to his fullest potential. Ford is quite suited for this role of the determined and unrelenting leader who has a few secrets of his own.
‘Ender’s Game’ stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.