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Ender's Game [2013] (1 disc)

Director:Gavin Hood
Writer:Gavin Hood
Composer:Steve Jablonsky
Length:114 minutes
(1 hour 54 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
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IMDB Rating:6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:60%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.

Reaction: Well made but problematic movie. A bit of lightness here and there and a bit of tweaking to the pacing could have really elevated this one.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Gavin Hood => Director / Writer / Giant
Steve Jablonsky => Composer
Orson Scott Card => Novel
Abigail Breslin => Valentine Wiggin
Andrea Powell => Theresa Wiggin
Aramis Knight => Bean
Asa Butterfield => Ender Wiggin
Ben Kingsley => Mazer Rackham
Brandon Soo Hoo => Fly Molo
Caleb J. Thaggard => Stilson (as Caleb Thaggard)
Cameron Fachman => Cadet Wallace (uncredited)
Cameron Gaskins => Slattery (Leopard Army)
Conor Carroll => Bernard
Edrick Browne => Eros Tech Officer Hendee
Giovanni Silva => Tech Officer Mihailov (uncredited)
Hailee Steinfeld => Petra Arkanian
Han Soto => Lieutenant Soto
Harrison Ford => Colonel Graff
Jacob Leinbach => Mick  (uncredited)
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak => Peter Wiggin (as Jimmy Jax Pinchak)
Khylin Rhambo => Dink Meeker
Kyle Russell Clements => Young Mazer Rackham (as Kyle Clements)
Moises Arias => Bonzo Madrid
Nonso Anozie => Sergeant Dap
Stevie Ray Dallimore => John Wiggin
Suraj Partha => Alai (as Suraj Parthasarathy)
Tony Mirrcandani => Admiral Chjamrajnagar
Viola Davis => Major Gwen Anderson
Yung Swizz'Agg => Sammy (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Gavin Hood has a cameo as the giant in the Mind Game.
  • When Ender asks Mazer Rackham about his tattoos, he replies that it's his way to "speak for the dead". After the Final Battle and finding the Formic Queen Egg, Ender takes on the role and pseudonym of "Speaker For the Dead". He learns and understands the deceased and speaks upon their behalf, telling their story whether it be through a book or speech. His first subject is the Formic Race, but more specifically, the queens.
  • 2nd time that Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield collaborated in a movie. First being Hugo.
  • Orson Scott Card has a cameo as the PA voice heard in the shuttle from Earth to the space station.
  • Ben Kingsley, featured prominently in the movie's marketing, doesn't appear until 70 minutes into the movie.
  • In May 2013 a group of LGBT fans launched a boycott campaign against the film due to anti-gay views and activities of the author of the novel, Orson Scott Card, who is also a producer of the film. The studio and several people involved with the film's production later released statements about the boycott, stating that they did not share Card's views and urged people to see the film anyway. Card, however, remained unapologetic.
  • Director Gavin Hood was drafted into South Africa's army at age 17.
  • The alien Formics have the features and behaviors of ants. The compound Formic Acid is found in the venom of ants.
  • In the early 2000s, Jake Lloyd was one of the leading candidates to play Ender. Coincidentally, in 2000, when Lloyd appeared in a magazine ad campaign to promote library patronage, he was shown reading a copy of "Ender's Game".
  • The film was once developed at Warner Bros, intended to be directing vehicle for Wolfgang Petersen to be released around 2003. The studio acquired the rights in the mid-90s with Orson Scott Card began writing the screenplay in 1996.
  • Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and several cast members that portray Battle School cadets in the film went to Space Camp prior to filming to train for zero gravity sequences.
  • The markings on the Queen's face at the end when she shows Ender the cocoon are very similar to the tattoos of Mazer Rackham.
  • The U.S. Marine Corps has Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card on its recommended reading list for officers, saying that it offers "lessons in training methodology, leadership, and ethics as well."
  • Several props used in the film were created using 3D printers, including a model of Mazer Rackham's ship that you'll see hanging in Ender's quarters.