So anyone not in the mood for a Halloween-film this Halloween might like to try Ender’s Game, adapted from the 80s novel of the same name by the not-at-all homophobic Orson Scott Card (more on that later.)
Card wrote the story in the 80s, at the beginning of the video game era (back when it was ok to dislike gay people, sort of, wasn’t it?) when the possibilities of gaming had only just entered the popular imagination. This new obsession is at the forefront of Ender’s Game, where teenager Ender Wiggin must lead the resistance against a hostile alien race through a series of increasingly difficult simulations or “battles” against his fellow cadets.
Sounds like a mixture of Space Invaders and The Hunger Games? Well that’s cos it kinda is. The simulations are given a 21st century make-over by director Gavin Hood, the man “responsible” for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in an enjoyable pastiche of retro games.
But I digress. The point of this post was to address two brief points:
1. Completely forgot to mention Hailee Steinfeld, but that can hardly be helped considering she was so underdeveloped and underused. I suppose when an entire intergalactic war has to fit into the space of two hours, we can hardly expect the filmmakers to develop our female characters now can we?
2. Ben Kingsley’s accent was awesome.
See, I told you it was brief. You can read the full review here at ThatFilmGuy/Ender’sGame.