Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ender's Game

Just watched Ender's Game, the new movie with Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield (The Boy with the Striped Pajamas).

I have to say, for some reason, my favorite genre - Sci-Fi, has been a little disappointing lately. I don't know what it is, a lot of the new movies being released are slow, uninteresting and hugely dependent of computer generated special effects.

And thus was the case with Ender's Game. I had high hopes with such co-stars as Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley, but I can't really think of anything Sci-Fi with either of them lately that I really liked.

Ender's game starts in a future society that is highly militarized, having recently been in an alien invasion war and won. Their society focuses their efforts on annihilating the race of insect-like creatures that attempted to colonize Earth.

The military discovers that children make better command decisions in battle, and so they have a command training program where we find young Ender. This is not the first time we have seen such plots. The concept of children being more wise than adults has been used in many films including StarWars: The Phantom Menace.

Nearly the whole movie is Ender in training. Developing his strategies, making friends, learning. Kind of like a Hogwart's in space.

Long movie. Ender finally get's his battle, then realized he's essentially committed genocide on a race of aliens who really never meant any harm to humans.

IMDb gives this one 6.9 stars. I give it 5. Just wasn't that impressed with it.