Parents who have spent countless hours admonishing their children for playing video-games rather than studying hard may want to give Ender’s Game a wide berth.
The unlikely heroes of Gavin Hood’s slick sci-fi drama, who are feted to save mankind from alien invaders are socially awkward and emotionally volatile teenagers, who display brilliant tactical minds while playing hour upon hour of state-of-the-art videogames.
They are called into action after a hostile alien race called the Formics invades and is repelled at the last minute by International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Sir Ben Kingsley), who sacrifices his life to bring down the extra-terrestrial mothership.
The International Military prepares for the next attack.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is one hopeful, determined to succeed where his siblings failed, and impress highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford).
Hood directs at a brisk pace, integrating digital effects with the live action to ensure his sharp-shooting adventure packs plenty of thrills to complement the tears and heartbreak.