This is a Sci-Fi action/psychological drama taking place in the future 50 years after the Formics, an insect-like alien race declared war on our planet but was defeated by one brave soldier, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kinsley). The planet was left scarred and families were limited to having two children, only rarely granted permission to have more by the government.
It prevent the threat from happening again in the future, the government decides to begin testing an monitoring children when they are young to pick the best and the brightest to lead a charge against the Formics on their home planet and crush any threat once and for all.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield – played Bruno in “The Boy In The Striped Pajamas” shows promise and put in a situation by Colonial Graff (Harrison Ford) and chosen to attend the elite academy after Ender’s ruthless decision making is seen.
Ender, a rare “third” child born after an older brother who washed out of the academy and a sister, Valentine (Abigail Breslin) who he shares a special bond with. He is taken away to a military training school to train with other hand-picked elite children using games to practice defeating their foe. Ender is honed into being a military leader.
There is a very powerful quote by Ender in the movie and at its core:
“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.”
Without giving away the plot, I will say the acting is superb, especially considering Asa Butterfield is so young, with good special effects and visuals.
It has a twist at the end and has deeper disturbing political and ethical meaning beyond the story that unfolds on the screen, but holds its own just being a sci-fi action drama flick.
It did drag in a few places but all of it was pertinent to the story. I had to chuckle that did look like at the training academy they might have recycled some of the old “Star Wars” sets, especially the housing bunker hallways with a 70’s version of high tech look.
While there is no gore, due to the subject matter I find the PG-13 rating to be appropriate.