Ender’s Game, the Movie

Caroline Albacete, Staff Writer '18

The movie adaptation of Ender’s Game opens with a scene depicting a raging battle. Human ships are being shot out of the sky by an oddly designed alien fleet. Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) narrates the scene, describing how life on Earth has changed for humans since the invasion of the formacs, which are bug-like creatures from another planet. The next scene flashes to an often picked on, but very talented boy named Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), who wins all of his battles, not through strength, but through intelligence.

These scenes set the tone for the rest of the movie. Ender’s Game was a critically acclaimed novel by Orson Scott Card that was made into a movie this past year and was released in theaters on November 1st. Set on Earth in the distant future, Ender’s Game follows the story of Ender Wiggin, who is chosen to be trained as the eventual commander of the human space ships, which  are preparing to attack the formacs, an alien species who have previously attacked Earth. Ender is sent to a battle school, where he learns to become the leader that the humans desperately need.

The spectacular special effects are undoubtedly the highlight of the movie. Specifically, the scenes that take place in the battle room (an antigravity chamber where children learn to fight) are very realistic, and the design of the room is simply fantastic. When you watch the film, you can almost imagine that the setting is real.

As in all cinematic adaptations, there were several scenes from the book that didn’t make it into the movie. For example, in Ender’s Game, Valentine Wiggin (Abigail Breslin), Ender’s sister, plays a more substantial role. In the movie, however, Valentine’s part is very small and relatively negligible, which disappointed the majority of people who have read the novel.

I highly recommend Ender’s Game to anyone interested in seeing a movie over Thanksgiving or Christmas break, moviegoers and book fans alike. I found it to be a great movie, and I’m interested to see if the producers will decide to make a sequel.