Fifty years ago, aliens attacked Earth. Ultimately, humans won the battle and the aliens were forced to flee back to their home planet. But everyone is afraid that the aliens will return–stronger than before. The International Fleet is determined to find a leader who can prepare the world for another attack. The best and the brightest children are trained to be these leaders. When Ender, one of the kids, is chosen to continue on to Battle School, he learns more about the aliens and what it means to be a leader. But time is of the essence, because another attack may be imminent…
*Note: I have never read the book version of Ender’s Game, so I don’t know much about it in terms of quality or appropriateness*
When I first saw this movie, I didn’t really like it. I won’t say too much for spoiler reasons, but the ending is kind of depressing. It isn’t totally hopeless, but it doesn’t have the sense of closure I usually prefer, either. I recently watched the movie again, and I found I appreciated the ending more the second time around. Because Ender’s Game has something most alien invasion movies lack.
Ender’s Game is more than just an action-packed movie about aliens and spaceships. Yes, the battle scenes are very well done and the cinematography is amazing, but Ender’s Game also presents some interesting questions about the ethics of war. Do the ends justify the means? Is compassion a character flaw and brutality a strength? Is it ever okay to do the wrong thing if it’s for the greater good? How far should someone go to win? I love how Ender’s Game reminds us that we should never sacrifice right and wrong just for a victory.
I also appreciated Ender’s character. We live in a world where we define a hero by his physical fighting skills. But Ender is interesting in that his strength lies in his ability to outsmart his opponent. He does know how to fight, but most of his victories are achieved because he’s analytical and strategic.
As for content, Ender’s Game is fairly clean, There’s a handful of mild profanity, and there isn’t much (if anything) in the way of sexual content. Violence can be little intense, although it’s never overly-graphic.
As far as alien movies go, I think Ender’s Game is one of the best. The story leaves you pondering right and wrong. I would recommend Ender’s Game to anyone who loves sic-fi (or even dystopian) movies.
Have you seen Ender’s Game? What did you think?
Do you enjoy alien invasion movies?