The future of technology and its place in warfare is depicted through a young boy questioning the morality of it in “Ender’s Game,” which opened nationwide on Nov. 1.
The film, which stars Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff, and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, hypothesizes the future of warfare and technology as they prepare for a war against the alien race known as the “Formics.”
The sci-fi epic is based on the book by Orson Scott Card and was directed by Gavin Hood, who also directed “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
The movie is fun to watch as it boasts extraordinary space battles that are aesthetically appealing in theaters with IMAX and XD screens.
Some of the most enjoyable scenes are those of the children working on strategy in the “Battle Room” and the final tests that simulate battles against the Formics.
It pushes the boundaries of a PG-13 movie as the director doesn’t sugarcoat the violence, as some scenes are shocking to witness and can catch movie-goers by surprise if they are expecting a movie geared towards younger viewers.
This can be seen when Ender is put to the test by his fellow classmates, and observant people will find that there are subtle things that he does to prepare for a fight or simulation in the Battle Room.
Ender’s plight of dealing with his natural abilities of being a commander in battle and having an equal sense of compassion and empathy takes a toll on him.
He struggles to shed the perception that’s been placed upon him, and often succumbs to his instinct to destroy his enemies.
This struggle is portrayed well between Ford and Butterfield.
Rob Port of the Say Anything blog said “Ender’s Game” was pretty great.
“It manages to be both a fast-paced … while being a heart-felt story about leadership, loyalty, and the moral ambiguities of war.”
Criticism has fell on “Ender’s Game,” because of its lack of focus on the questions that the book explores in depth such as the relationship between Ender and his siblings and the time in which Ender is in the academy.
Jeffrey M. Anderson of Combustiblecelluloid.com said, “The movie ‘Ender’s Game’ is so-so, and will probably be so-so for just about everyone, whether they read the book or not.”
Also much criticism can be raised against the buildup of his assumed leadership and how it comes about in the movie.
Many of his classmates are indifferent to Ender and throughout the two hour runtime there aren’t many examples outside of mouthing off to authority figures of why he’s fit to lead a major strike against the Formics.
The final act left a lot to be desired, in what seemed to be a cheap twist as it was slipped in within a few lines of dialogue between Ender and Colonel Graff.
The ending feels raises questions of the moralities of war and if victory, in any form, is worth the means.