Nearly 30 years after Orson Scott Card published the best-selling Ender’s Game, the Hugo-Award winning science-fiction novel receives the full Hollywood treatment from the studio behind The Hurt Locker and Twilight. Those two films are perhaps relevant, because Ender’s Game tells the story of young teens, led by Hugo‘s Asa Butterfield, who are tasked with the very-adult responsibility of going to war to defend mankind.
In the future, Earth barely survived an alien invasion, and 50 years later, the planet’s military commanders, led by Harrison Ford, are expecting another attack any day. To prepare, they’ve recruited child-soldiers whose minds are especially agile and suited for a new brand of warfare.
Written and directed by Gavin Hood (Wolverine), and starring a coterie of Oscar-nominated actors — Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld — Ender’s Game has been stifled by threats of boycott from those offended by Card’s anti-gay politics. The film, however, stands on its own, and now that it’s in theaters, perhaps it can finally be allowed to speak for itself. EW’s critic Chris Nashawaty predicts that Ender’s Game is one of those “beloved novels … that wound up getting sapped of their original spark and power on the way to the big screen,” hinting that its fate will ultimately be more The Golden Compass than Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.
But the film has its defenders, too. Click below to see what the nation’s critics think before heading to the theater. READ FULL STORY