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Ender's Game (2013)
« on: June 19, 2015, 08:15:37 pm »
Ender's Game (2013)

So, when Ender's Game was announced, I was interested in seeing this. And then I saw the Ender's Game display at Comic Con the same year and really was looking forward to the movie. The Con came and went and I just completely forgot this movie existed for 2 years. It wasn't until earlier this week that I was reminded about it. Put in my request at the library and got it delivered yesterday. Just got finished watching it now and I felt like I had seen this movie already. I just couldn't place where I had seen it and then it dawned on me that Divergent had the same endless training sequence throughout. Ender's Game isn't as bad as Divergent, but I still came away from EG somewhat cheated because there really wasn't a movie here. The whole Simulation ending was a big letdown for me because that's where it more or less ends. I was expecting the real thing to happen soon after, only to get a tacked on cliffhanger for the next installment. Since I've been in the dark on this movie for 2 years, I don't know how it was received by others....good or bad. Worth a Rent at best. Somewhat entertaining. It is what it is.
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Re: Ender's Game (2013)
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2015, 10:23:26 pm »
I'm trying to remember what I thought about the movie.  Haven't really felt much of a ned to revisit it since it came out.  I liked the book fine (though in my head, it looked more like Blade Runner/2010: The Year We Make Contact)... it would have been a real neat flick in the 80s when video games were becoming big.  In some parallel universe we got this flick instead of The Last Straighter.

Was the ending... was that ta big surprise for you?  In the book it's a bit more of a shock, in part because the simulation was so basic, green and red dots and lines on a few screens instead of a hyper-realistic thing.  And they made this whole thing about how long it takes ships to get to that planet, even with radio signals, so that you don't think they even COULD orchestrate an attack like that until they reveal that the tech already exists (it's what allows that video game to communicate telepathically).

A huge chunk of the book got cut out and compressed... not that the book was spectacular or anything, but the slow pace and long time frame (Ender trains for, like, ten years, not ten days) were kind of integral.

As for the flick itself... it's fine.  Actually, it's what I would have liked the Star Trek reboot to have looked like...

Actually, I want to watch this and Star Trek Into Darkness back-to-back, I got a head canon going on where Benedict Cumberbatch in Trek is an adult version of Asa Butterfield's character.


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