Following invasion of a future Earth by the alien race The Formic, we follow a young boy genius who is drafted by the International Fleet tasked with the invaders destruction.
Harrison Ford plays bitter Colonel Graff, who’s purpose in this ‘almost’ utopian future is to prepare the chosen youth for the return of Earth’s enemy. Ford brings the multi-layered character to life, giving a sense that he will do anything, no matter the cost, to protect his home planet. He pushes the recruits hard, with an old school, tough-love approach, choosing rather to allow the children to learn their lessons from their mistakes, rather than have them appear soft and need to be treated as the kids they are.
Ender Wiggin, played with aplomb by Asa Butterfield, is the hero of the story, showing unique talents, and finding his way initially as an outcast, and having to fight, both literally and metaphorically, for the approval of his fellow recruits.
Enders Game questions our resolve as a race, inane ability to seek violence as a solution, taking a close look at our tendencies, and whether the etymology of which is a result of nature or nurture.
The film is not a showcase of special effects. These take a back seat to the characterisation of each person. There are some exciting sequences though, leading to a conclusion the audience will experience along with those on-screen who are part of the mission.
Enders Game is a story about war, that looks at the inevitable outcome of death and destruction. It opens 6 December 2013 on South African screens.