Movie Review: Ender’s Game, written and directed by Gavin Hood
“The way we win matters.”
Hard science fiction; hard message. Sometimes we become like what we hate, even as we seek to defend ourselves from it. At the same time, to defeat a foe, we must understand him; as our knowledge becomes complete, it gets complicated.
Based on the book of the same name by Orson Scott Card. I prefer the book; your mileage may vary. The movie ends looking beyond the end of the first book toward Ender’s quest for redemption.
Proclaimed by Variety as among the “Biggest Box Office Flops of 2013,” unlike popular popcorn burners like the Marvel movies, this takes reality seriously. It also understands that consequences are real and not always favorable. When you weaponize children, you abuse them. You abuse humanity.
I never knew there was an Ender’s Game movie. I liked the book and it was troubling. As you say weaponizing children/teenagers is inhuman. It’s a trend in writing over the past ten years or so.
Maybe even longer.
Yep, never understood why this didn’t do better. I loved the book and really enjoyed this adaptation of it…