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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
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
It's to the film's credit that it tackles big questions without offering any easy or clear-cut answers. If only Hood's acumen for storytelling and characterization were just as lofty.Ian Buckwalter, NPR, 11.15.2013
Hard to comprehend and even harder to endure.Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 11.04.2013