Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield
Wisdom and experience gained through "living life" and accrued into adulthood seems to account for nothing in the future, as gifted children are taken from their families and sent to "battle school" in space to learn military functions. They train in war games and in the event of invasions from those squashy "ET - The Extra-terrestrial" creatures these children put their skills gained from playing computer games into warfare and attempt to save the Earth.
Younger teenagers will be mesmerised by what unfolds on screen, whilst many adults in the audience will lower their heads and quietly laugh as this ludicrous storyline develops. An adult cast led by Harrison Ford take a back seat and stupendously watch on as these "remarkable snotty nosed kids" do the impossible, destroying future threats of intergalactic invasions.
Admittedly, effects are spectacular and performances strong from a predominantly younger cast led by Asa Butterfield (from Hugo) who plays the role of Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the young hero who strives to be a commander. Harrison Ford looks old and withered as the Colonel and is joined by Ben Kingsley in the silliest role of his career.
It's not surprising this film failed to find an audience when released in cinemas. The target audience is hard to distinguish as key elements in the movie are clearly aimed at children whilest others are for a more sophisticated audience. JAKE