“Excuse me miss – Do you mind if I say something rude so we can make people laugh at your potential expense?” Petra (Hailee Steinfeld, center), focuses as Mazer Rackham (Sir Ben Kingsley) and Ender (Asa Buttefield) look on with intense focus in a scene from writer/director Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel ENDER’S GAME. Credit: © 2013 Summit Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
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Determining that children have the best tactical minds, the IFA has been looking for the perfect child to lead them to victory in the event the Formics return to stage one more final battle. And Ender appears to be the godsend Graf and Major Gwen Anderson (Viola Davis) hoped that the hero of the first war, Mazer Rackham (Sir Ben Kingsley) would inspire to lead earth to victory.
But can Ender – who faces pressure at home and from his über-competitive classmates – truly be the one to save mankind? Only time will tell once he is challenged to play the most important game of his life.
Of course, while Ford is the biggest name draw in the show, the film could not work without a strong showing by the film’s young cast; Butterfield delivers a solid effort in a performance not marked by exuding a strong presence, but rather in its subtlety, calm and confidence … In portraying a character trying to find a way to master all three of those traits. It’s a really a commendable effort by Butterfield, who in appearing to do so little (trust that he’s doing a LOT in reality) makes Ender’s story feel natural and intriguing to watch. Butterfield takes on just about every classic element of conflict in the film -– man vs. man with Ford and Knight, man vs. nature with Formics planet, man vs. society with the rules in training and his own home planet of earth and man vs. fate with his own destiny not to mention his character’s own internal conflict – and hits each tenet well. While Hood and Card set him up well, it’s up to Butterfield to make it work, which he does extremely well.
Those factors make Ender’s Game a solid journey worthy of playing.