Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Movie Review: Ender's Game

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So this past weekend Kristin and I went out to the movies in town and we had two options one was Free Birds, an animated movie that looks like a movie version of Angry Birds or Ender's Game, a classic sci-fi novel. So we went with the science fiction movie, it ended up being a very good choice. We were both impress with the acting of the young Asa Butterfield best known for Hugo and Son of Rambo (if you haven't seen it, look it up and watch...great movie) does a phenomenal job as Ender Wiggins, the boy chosen to lead the army. The book and movie take place in the distant future where there is an alien invasion that is fought off and then they start to raise children to become the army because of children's ability to think reason and with the proper training become tactical masters. What ensues is a game of questions for the viewer or reader if you’re reading the book. Many of them come back to the morality of training children to become warriors for a world, teaching them how to kill someone. Some of this is the same debate people have about violence on TV and in video games.

What I found so interesting in the movie is the idea that by thoroughly beating your opponent you prevent any other attacks in the future and the morality of wiping out a whole race of people. I don't want to give away too much of the movie but it was much better than expected.

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