Review: Ender’s Game

Review 2013 by RD Clark

Title

Ender’s Game

Written by: Gavin Hood — based on the novel by Orson Scott Card

Directed by: Gavin Hood

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis

Rated PG-13
Running time: 114 Mins

In order to repel another alien invasion, the military recruits some kids to be the new elite commanders of their fleet.

This movie is a hot mess. Characters (including the lead) are just dumped on us with no reason to care anything about them and little is done to change this. Butterfield is as flat as ever, except when he’s being shrill. Ford and Kingsley are flat and unconvincing. There is the coolest game of laser-tag you will ever see, but it is out of context and is never explained what the purpose of the game is. The whole movie is filled with disjointed scenes that never segue smoothly.

But, it does look good and it will probably sell well on the “ooh ahhh” factor.

You have been warned. There are no post credit scenes, so feel free to shoot out when they start.

Flytrap rating: 3/10

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