This adaptation of Orson Scott Card's popular 1985 sci-fi novel smacks of Starship Troopers sans the social and political satire or hokey charm, crossed with Harry Potter (yes, Card published his novel 12 years before the first Harry Potter book, but the comparison remains illustrative). Fifty years after humanity was nearly annihilated by an alien insect race called the Formics, brilliant preteen Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is plucked from his family by military commander Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) to join the International Fleet and attend battle school in preparation for the Formics. Director Gavin Hood's visual design is impressive enough, and the cast—which also includes Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley—is solid. However, Hood's screenplay eschews many intellectual shading until a provocative penultimate act. Unfortunately, that is quickly cast aside for a finale that scales down the novel's climax for a tacked-on, cloying coda.
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Director: Gavin Hood
Writer: Gavin Hood
Producer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Gigi Pritzker, Linda McDonough, Robert Chartoff and Lynn Hendee
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Moises Arias, Aramis Knight, Nonso Anozie and Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak
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