Ender's Game, a science fiction film based on a novel of the same name and will be released on November 1, 2013. It has been described as Hunger Games meets Starship troopers and from the trailer it could turn out well. The cast is good featuring, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley and my favorite actor Harrison Ford. Also Clone Wars veteran Dee Bradley Baker (All Clones) is said to lend his voice in the film as well in an yet to be announced role.
While not blown away, Ender's Game trailer does looks promising. Butterfield gave a good performance in "Hugo" and I look forward to seeing him in another role. Since this is a teaser, not a lot has been revealed, which is good because most trailers reveal far too many major plot points. I believe Ender's Game could and probably will, be better than the next Hunger Games. My main concern is that there will be far too much teen-angst and drama, which rarely works. Only the Spider-Man, Back to the Future and Harry Potter franchises have done it well. It is good to see a new sci-fi franchise set in space against aliens, it almost reminds me of the "Hero's Duty" game from Wreck-It Ralph, which I need to review soon.
JT: Ender's Game is a sci-fi novel/series that was actually written a couple decades ago. (When I found it I thought it was more recent. Explains why there's no "Enderverse" fandom despite it's "worldwide bestseller" status.) It's set a century or so in the future, by which time humanity has, among other things, established space bases and discovered ETs. (Well, actually the ETs found us, but more on that later.) To defend against the threat of another ET invasion, the international battle-school scours the world for child prodigies and brings them up to orbit to train for galactic style warfare. The word I've seen is that the movie is going to be based both on Ender's game and it's spin-off parallel story, Ender's Shadow, which involves another kid, named Bean, who takes part in many of Ender's experiences.
James: Since I know very little about the "Enderverse", JT will be taking point on the commentary.
James: With this and 42 Harrison Ford is making a comeback into major film.
James: This slightly reminds me of Tron: Legacy, plus battle room type scenes usually turn out being very fun to watch.
JT: Random kids in the team dorm staring at Ender.
JT: Ben Kingsley has arrived. It's up to the movie to explain what he is doing. If my guess is correct, Kingsley is involved in an important twist.
James: Kingsley has some crazy tattoos, his backstory should be interesting.
James: Impressive visuals, hopefully they did not blow their budget on the trailer.
James: Even though Butterfield and Steinfeld are the same age (15-16), Steinfeld looks much older, at least from the trailer. The possible kind of romance thing might seem extremely awkward and fake.
JT: Yep, she's supposed to be older, but then in the original Ender is only six or seven, but they couldn't do that...
James: Space baseball, or something kind of similar.
James: Good, not a girlfriend, it does look like they could be related.
James: The touch screen kind of thing looks great visually, hopefully it will translate well throughout the film.
JT: Kablooie goes the planet!
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