Ender’s Game (2013)

Ender's Game (2013) Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Harrison Ford & Asa Butterfield.  

In the years following an unsuccessful but damaging attack from the alien Formics, children are recruited into a “junior” sort of military battle school where they learn strategy and multi-tasking to take the fight back to the extra-terrestrials’ home world.  This is done behind the massive screen of a battle simulator reminiscent of real-time strategy video games (think Starcraft, or more appropriately Homeworld).  Picture being trained to professionally play video games, only the stakes will eventually be the fate of the entire human race.  Enters Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young recruit who promises to be “the one”, the future leader of the Terran forces as they move to strike that decisive blow against the alien home world.  What sets Ender apart is his willingness to win at all costs, to strike once and not only win the battle but end all future conflict.  This is exemplified early on in the film when Ender confronts a bully, and the movie overarching anti-bullying thematic is set in motion.   Other themes explored in the movie include the morality of war and the mental toll of leadership.  This all adds a nice layer of complexity to what could have been a very generic movie but turns out to be quite an enjoyable and thought-provoking motion picture.  The final plot twist that will no doubt have your mind wondering about the true consequences of what just transpired on screen. 

 

 

          IMDB : http:// http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731141/

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