Review: 'Ender's Game'
'Ender's Game' is a hero's journey in the form of a sci-fi fantasy film. Adapted from Orson Scott Card's 1985 book of the same name, the film transports you into a simulated video-gaming arena.
The film begins with a frame that quotes to the effect, "When I understand my enemy well enough, I start to love him." And the denouement substantiates this.
What follows the first frame is a 'Star Wars' like scenario with a cramped up voiceover informing the audience that, in the not too distant future, an alien race, known as the Formics, will attempt to colonize earth. Their attempt is foiled by a heroic pilot, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) who sacrifices himself in the process.
Ever since, the earth's leaders have been gearing up to repel any further attacks.
Fifty years later, with no intervening attack, the leaders put in place a scheme, whereby gifted children are monitored, selected and trained to take on any returning alien forces.
One such child is Andrew "Ender" Wiggin (Asa Butterfield). He is selected for his intelligence and killer instincts to solve problems, just the sort of quality military leader Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) is looking for.
'Ender's Game' has lots of psychological intonations and messages that are free-flowing in the form of dialogues. The most pronounced one comes at the very end when Ender tries to analyze if he is actually a hero or a killer.
Graff announces, "We won, is all that matters," to which Ender retorts, "The way we win matters."
This does put an end to the debate, but not the film.