Nov 06 2013
Ender’s Game exists in a weird limbo of movie adaptation. It’s not handled so poorly it’s an affront to the original book, but it doesn’t make much of an impression at all, which is unfortunate given how powerful the story is.
I blame much of this not on the young actors involved, but on director Gavin Hood, best known for taking a character audiences loved and putting him in a movie everyone hated for X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
His film has to fast-forward through the nuance of the original book. Yes, it’s something all adaptations must face, lest they all be five hours long, but some do it better than others, and Ender’s Game doesn’t do it very well at all.
The Earth is still recovering from an alien invasion fifty years past. The bug-like invaders almost conquered Earth, and now to ensure that doesn’t happen again, Earth is taking the fight to them. Children are said to be able to process complex commands better than adults, so “Battle School” takes genius wunderkinds and trains them to be generals through an incredibly tough program few can ever pass. They’re searching for that one child, that one tiny general who has the ability to make the right decisions to lead them to victory. Continue Reading »