Ender's Game

Ender's Game

Blu-ray Disc - 2013
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A hostile alien race attacked Earth, and if not for the legendary heroics of Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham, all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, Colonel Hyrum Graff is training only the best young children. Ender Wiggin, a shy, but brilliant boy, is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope. Once at Command School, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead them into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Entertainment One, c2013
Branch Call Number: END
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray disc (114 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm. + 1 dvd

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blue_dog_31717
Jun 13, 2018

I truly do not understand these 10/10 ratings from book readers. For people who have not read the book, this movie truly deserves the 10/10 rating, as it is outstanding when considered alone. However, if you had read the book, I guarantee you that your favorite parts of the book would have been cut. The writers could have EASILY added A WHOLE HOUR to the movie, and that extra hour would have made it perfectly paced for the people who read the book. Still though, the acting is spectacular aside from one small editing mistake and Ender's (who was much different in my head). The real problem with this movie is the complete lack of character development. We, as a viewer, don't get close to anyone other than Ender and Colonel Graff, even though in the book much more time was given to characters like Bean and Petra.

Even with some mis-connections between the book and the movie(and some parts that were different in my head), the top-notch acting and visuals redeem the mis-connections and the extraordinarily fast pacing.
Ender's Game readers: 8/10 and a Would Recommend But Caution That You Might Not Like It
Non-Ender's Game readers: 10/10 and a Would Rave To You About How Amazing It Is

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chaliser
Apr 28, 2018

Director Gavin Hood's commentary of "Ender's Game" is quite instructive in the political psychology of war and peace - as applied to personal growth, leadership development through the trials of maturation of a young man - as well as to society, the training of youth for a nations' warriors, international law, Drone Warfare, dehumanization and pre-emptive war, genocide and war crimes. Questions and dilemmas presented in a very entertaining fashion - if you like action-packed movies - as well as in an exceptionally thought-provoking manner. Ender Wiggin, a genius, is born and virtually placed to work out strategies of achievement in a violent environment, while he also works with opposing sibling influences of humility, diplomacy, wisdom, compassion, and empathy, as well as the extreme aggression of an impetuous fighter.
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Other mental-emotional engagements: authority/approval issues, adult manipulation of youth "for the good of all," ego's part in a youth's proving to adults; psychology of the capacity to kill.
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"When I understand my enemy well enough to defeat him, then in that moment, I also love him" ... "the way we win matters" ~A.E.Wiggin
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Enjoy the great movie if you haven't already, then go for the Director's Commentary, (in Bonus Section of course) to get the instructive element. Use of set development and special effects are outstanding in the war-games and computer games rooms as well as in the battles in outer space.
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The movie, based on the book by Orson Scott Card, is more than sufficiently acted by all, *intelligently* done. From Wikipedia: Ender's Game: Inside the World of an Epic Adventure is a reference book published by Insight Editions. With a foreword by Ender's Game film director, Gavin Hood, the book is broken into four parts: Ender's World, Battle School, Inside Zero-G, and Parallel Worlds.
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That's the review I gave it at the web page, "Poly-Psy & Citizen Health; Problems & Solutions for Discussion; Empathy, Apathy, Healing & Recovering Democracy at the Crossroads." Suggestion: think *Teaching points.*

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reginator_22
Jan 23, 2018

Good movie.

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Gwen904
Dec 14, 2017

A pretty good movie. Not too different from the book, which is good. Both the acting and plot were excellent. Personally I enjoyed watching this film.

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antsyhayles
Dec 14, 2017

good movie but the disc was scraced

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 22, 2017

Ender's Game is my favorite movie in a year. Probably because I had read the novel before. The movie is not exactly the same as the fiction. The most noticeable change is that all kids are older than they were in the novel. They should be really young like 4-7 years old in the novel but obviously 18-20 in the movie. In my view, I think this change is acceptable since young actors are not capable of expressing their feelings. The main character is Ender, who is literally a genius. He is better than his sister and his brother and thus was chosen to be the one to defeat buggers. The whole story is about how was Ender trained and finally destroyed a whole species when he thought it was a game. Asa acted really well. I would give this movie 4.5 out of 5.
- @Lize of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Twiggzette
Jun 03, 2017

I'm not sure who'd want to watch this movie except maybe for a teenage male who's into online fantasy gaming. I'm not sure why Harrison Ford decided to be in this highly improbable thing. Maybe he needs the money?

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Green_Dog_247
Oct 09, 2016

Lame movie. The acting was cheesy. It wan't terrible but was not good.

It was an Ok movie. Nothing bad in it. Not a movie that you will want to watch over and over and over again. Recommended.

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Calvacade
Jul 13, 2016

Book is superior to lame movie.

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reginator_22
Jan 23, 2018

Colonel Graff: You have a habit of upsetting your commander.

Ender Wiggin: I find it hard to respect someone just because they outrank me, sir.

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Bakergirl_13
Mar 25, 2016

Bernard: They cheated!
Bean: Your mother cheated - that's why you look like a plumber.

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2014

Colonel Graff: Tell me why you kept on kicking him. You had already won.
Ender Wiggin: Knocking him down won the first fight. I wanted to win all the next ones, too. So they'd leave me alone.
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Colonel Graff: We won! That's all that matters.
Ender Wiggin: No. The *way* we win matters.

aaa5756 May 10, 2014

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

aaa5756 May 10, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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Monolith
Apr 13, 2014

Ender Wiggin: "In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him."

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Bakergirl_13
Jun 18, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A few of these as it is a sci-fi

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