The human race faces annihilation.
An alien threat is on the horizon, ready to strike. And if humanity is to be defended, the government must create the greatest military commander in history.
The brilliant young Ender Wiggin is their last hope. But first he must survive the rigours of a brutal military training program – to prove that he can be the leader of all leaders.
A saviour for mankind must be produced, through whatever means possible. But are they creating a hero or a monster?
I have reviewed the book over here if you want my full thoughts on that…
Ender’s game is a very powerful book, the ideas and the thoughts and points put across in the book are very powerful, it’s one of the very few books where you actually have to be paying attention when you’re reading it. Most books you can just skim while doing something else and still get the jist of things, but with Ender’s game you can’t.
Some very important things seemed to have been missed out of the film, and I know it’s hard to fit everything in, especially with this book.
It covers about six years of Ender’s life at battle school, so I wasn’t sure how they were going to do that in the film… The answer is they didn’t, in the film everything happened in the space of, say, six months to a year. Which isn’t very much compared to the six years Ender spent there in the book.
It means they missed out a lot of character development, which was very important, it was a lot of the point of the book. And I thought it was a shame we didn’t get to see that in the film. In the book Ender is about five when he starts battle school, and yes, I know, you can’t really use five year olds in a film like this. But it isn’t as powerful with teenagers doing it.
Ender really grows up in the book, it’s a long journey for him, and although I wouldn’t say you could ever understand or connect with him, I did very much sympathize, and I did find that I ended up liking him, although he’s not the most likable character. Not much of that is conveyed in the film, which was very disappointing.
But all this is not to say I did not enjoy the film, it is a very good film. It is visually brilliant, the sequences in the battle room are beautifully done. The war scenes are very clever, and I do love the way it’s put together. The casting is very good, although not seeing Ender grow up is disappointing.
Although I don’t think it stands alone as a film, if you haven’t read the book, you probably won’t understand fully what’s really going on. I think you can probably work it out by the end of it, but it may be a little difficult.
BUT it is very entertaining and I did thoroughly enjoy it. If what you’re looking for is two hours of amazing cinematography, visual effects and lots of fighting, then this is the film for you. If you want an adaptation of the book, then you will be disappointed.
So in conclusion, a very powerful book, not properly conveyed on screen, but still a good film in and of itself. Read the book first, see the film as the film, not as an adaptation. Enjoy it!