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Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 114 min. · 2013

Action/Adventure, SciFi/Fantasy
Space high school sucks for teenage fascists in the gripping sci-fi flick, Ender’s Game. Based on the popular novel by famous homophobic bigot Orson Scott Card, this lofty adaptation follows young Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield, holding it down) as he’s trained in an orbiting military academy to lead the next war against hostile “Formic” aliens. Grumpy old man Harrison Ford fusses about as Ender’s commander, while Viola Davis worries about the boy’s disturbed psychological state and Hailee Steinfeld holds his hand as a more experienced cadet. War, here, serves as a stand-in for youth’s tactical struggle against bullies, girls and harsh authority. Writer/director Gavin Hood moves his world along with ambition, using the film’s momentum to prevent his protagonist from getting too comfortable. That’s a double-edged sword, since that brisk pace also undercuts the movie’s devastating denouement. EG is a lot of fun, but all that excitement drowns out its own message. —Jacob Boon


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Official Site: if-sentinel.com
Director: Gavin Hood
Writer: Gavin Hood
Producer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Gigi Pritzker, Linda McDonough, Robert Chartoff and Lynn Hendee
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Moises Arias, Aramis Knight, Nonso Anozie and Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak

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