Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ender's Game Review - 3 Stars

“Ender’s Game” comes from a very popular young person’s science fiction novel written by Orson Scott.  Sometime in the future space aliens attack earth.  An international army defeats them.  And then fifty years pass and the powers in charge decree that an army of smart children with video game and computer skills can protect our planet.  The training begins and we watch as Ender — played by Asa Butterfield — gets recruited and begins to impress the brass–including Harrison Ford and Viola Davis.  Soon Ender works his way to the ultimate battle, a screen filling epic.  Harrison Ford’s presence reminds us of his “Star Wars” days.  He’s gone from the young daredevil to the old veteran who shows the new daredevils the ropes.  “Ender’s Game” got my attention for going beyond the usual kid gets trained and climbs to the top plot.  This story touches on bullying, leadership, war, peace, and enemies.  Fans of the book will love it.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Interesting space western.  Is it entertaining?  Great fun.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Fanboy’s delight.