The International Military seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind, is recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth.
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Solid adaptation of Orson Scott Card's seminal science fiction novel about a young boy whose exceptional strategic skills lead to him being chosen to attend a military academy dedicated to training battle commanders to defend against an alien invasion. Smart and engaging, never treats its target audience like children, and actually grapples with some interesting moral questions, even if the ending seems a bit rushed.
While it is very faithful to the book (and uses a TON of dialogue from it), this story is simply not meant for the big screen. The tension in the book came from Ender's inner thoughts/psychology, all of which you can't get in a film without boring voice-overs. On the screen, we have an enemy that we never see; when they fight the enemy, there is no physical threat to any of the characters. Oh well
Just a little better than Hunger Games and a lot better than Divergent. But still playing in the same league. Just catching the wave of dystopic societies turned sexy for mainstream productions. And not even living up to the decades of bad, acceptable, good and great cinema in this genre. Dystopian literature has been an inspiration since the begining of the XX century. These last films are truly disapointing.
The film is mostly true to the book with expected Hollywood additions (love story, reduction of minor characters, general cheese). The pacing was a little odd, soundtrack was over the top silliness, MANY poor castings. Almost every military official was unbelievably hammy (even Ford!). But some decent philosophical questions are asked, as all good sci-fi should, even if these ideas aren't expanded upon very well. 3/5
Con todo y que Asa Butterfield tiene una buena actuación, y que los efectos visuales son impresionantes, dicho aspecto, desafortunadamente, acaba estando por encima de una idea interesante: los niños usados como carne de cañón, en una guerra espacial-futurista.