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A stylish, layered thriller

MINI ANTHIKAD-CHHIBBER
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Predictable, yet gripping:And not just about a youngster’s role in an interplanetary war
Predictable, yet gripping:And not just about a youngster’s role in an interplanetary war

Ender’s Game (English)

Director: Gavin Hood

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin

In the beginning, Ender’s Game felt like a run-of-the-mill science fiction movie about aliens wanting to take over the earth, and a brave fight by the humans led by a reluctant leader who makes peace with his destiny.

Ender Wiggin is the gifted youngster with a problem dealing with authority, who is groomed to lead the battle against the aliens, the Formics. After two wars with the Formics, the International Fleet decide to groom children to fight the third war. Ender impresses Colonel Graff with his out-of-the-box thinking.

Until Ender reaches the final stage of battle school, the film seems to be going on a predictable path. It is only after the final battle that the film throws up crucial questions, forcing one to think.

The visuals are arresting and the star power scintillating. Harrison Ford plays the crusty Colonel Graff in his usual wry, self deprecating style. Little Miss Sunshine, Abigail Breslin, looks all grown up as Ender’s sister Valentine, while Ben Kingsley is in top form as ‘wise wizard-ish’ Mazer Rackham.

Based on a book by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is a layered, stylish thriller.

MINI ANTHIKAD-CHHIBBER

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