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RE: - 4/5/2014 10:43:44 PM   


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Finally watched this out of curiosity. I'm only going to talk about the film though - while I utterly deplore Card's personal views, I detected no signs of them infecting the film and so feel they have no bearing on a film discussion. If you feel strongly enough to boycott the film, so be it.

The film is not great, but I'd say 3* rather than the magazine's rating. As someone else remarked (Dr Lenera, I think) identikit Remote Control soundtracks are becoming increasingly tiresome. I figured that if it wasn't Hans Zimmer's own work, it'd be that from one of his clones and sure enough - Steve Jablonsky! Take some formulaic Zimmer progressions from Pirates Of The Caribbean, chuck in a bit of Transformers and National Treasure, and you have the soundtrack to Ender's Game!

In terms of the film itself, it looks amazing and the zero-G environments are brilliantly realised. Harrison Ford actually seems interested, for once, and Asa Butterfield performs strongly against a heavyweight adult cast. In truth I've only really bothered posting at all because he's so good in this film. (Ben Kingsley as a half-Maori is an odd choice though - surely a real NZ actor would've been better? But then I guess the film couldn't have been marketed as starring an 'Academy Award Winner'.). In truth, there are many terrible films that have made far more money at the box office. If you're curious about thought-provoking, morally ambiguous scifi, this is worth a watch.
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RE: RE: - 10/5/2014 2:34:07 PM   


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I was so bored with this film I walked out of the cinema half way through. I hadn't read the book and so allowed myself to be guided by some other people's opinions (of the book).
I knew within a few minutes I had wasted 8 and made a big mistake....I found the whole concept silly and juvenile and the adult characters were not believable at all, spouting their lines as if wanting to get it over with and get to the paycheck.
To me it just seemed like St. Trinians in space.
I have read on the other reviews (and other places) that Card has some extreme views and is probably not a very nice person. Can't really comment about that as I am not sure it has a place in a film review? Did he have much to do with the film itself?

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RE: RE: - 29/5/2014 10:19:38 AM   


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Not as bad as i was expecting, kids enjoyed (10 & 13)


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RE: RE: - 26/6/2014 2:07:45 PM   

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From: In The Pipe, Five by Five.
Pleasantly surprised by this after some people had really slated it.
I thought the progression and pacing of Ender was too quick, but the film held my attention and looked marvelous.
The zero-G training sequences were excellent as was the finale both in spectacle and emotional elements.



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