If you are a parent looking for a movie to take a 10 year old kid to that isn’t filled with bad language, embarrassing sexual references, rude bathroom humor, and disrespectful behavior this is the movie for you. If you are a 10 year old kid who is wanting to take your parent to a movie that shows all those hours cooped up in your room with a game controller in your hands may lead to you saving the world, this is your movie.
In the movie it has been 50 years since the great battle with ant like aliens called Formics. The battle was lost until a hero pilot made it through for a direct hit that defeated the Formics. For the last 50 years earth has been preparing for the next attack. They recruit young people and put them through a training regimen searching for the one that can defeat the aliens. Colonel Graff, played by Harrison Ford has discovered Ender Wiggin, played by Asa Butterfield, and is sure he is the one.
I think from this point on Harrison Ford will be the go to actor for the pissed off, grumpy old guy roles. I’m not criticizing, maybe at 71 grumpy is easy to do. Hey, give me 20 more years, some prostrate trouble, and a hammer toe and I might not be so dang cheerful either. The stand out in this movie is Asa Butterfield, who was awesome in Hugo. He is the young skinny nerdy kid who has to go from young recruit to full Commander in a matter of months. Watching that transformation makes the first half of the movie the best part by far. The last thing he looks like is a leader and that makes watching him turn into one a lot of fun.
The movie is based off the book series by Orson Scott Card. He also wrote the screenplay. I never heard of it until I watched this movie but I’m going have to read em. His books are on the recommended reading list for Marine officers.
Visually this movie is stunning. The young cadets train in a battle room that is zero gravity. The actual set where this was filmed is the size of 3 football fields.
The actors had to train with the Cirque de Soleil to learn how to do the wire performances. They also attended Space Camp to train in zero gravity.
It’s a little less than 2 hours, Rated PG-13 for some violence and sci-fi action.
This movie stands alone if they never make another one, but it does leave it open for a sequel. If they make one, I’m in.
My Score: 4 Buds