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In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham, all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin, a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
By the time the movie finally manages to get interesting, audiences may be too numb and their retinas too fried to win back.Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, 11.01.2013
While the picture loses some plot tension by assuring the viewer that Ender is basically an okay kid, it gains by showing the growth of the boy into his destiny as "the One."Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, 11.19.2013
Straightforward, a bit literal-minded, very faithful to the book and largely compelling.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 11.18.2013
There are times when a certain grimness weighs on the movie that you wish for more humor. But overall it's an absorbing and thought-provoking spectacle.Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 11.18.2013