Enderís Game

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +4

Content: +2

Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin. Sci-Fi action adventure. Based on the book Enderís Game by Orson Scott Card. Directed by Gavin Hood.

FILM SYNOPSIS: 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 (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. 

Arriving at Battle School (boot camp), Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the militaryís next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, heís 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.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Aimed at this generation by incorporating the iPad gamesmanship they have embraced, Enderís Game should be a pleasant surprise for fans of the book. And for the rest of us sci-fi enthusiasts, who also like character development, we're rewarded with a young protagonist who is a warrior in mind, but who also displays a compassionate heart, as well.

Engaging performances from all, positive messages, and well-directed by Gavin Hood, who successfully balances action, character, and story, Enderís Game is one teens can take their parents to...Now, donít let that be a turn-off, teens. Christmas is right around the corner. Nothing gets a parent on your side like asking them to spend time with you. See, Iím looking out for ya!

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Summit Entertainment

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: One very mild expletive, I caught no harsh or profane language.

Profanity: None

Violence: Some bullying in the school and Ender reacts with self-defense; a boy is injured in a fight; war games that lead to a final battle that relies on game board strategy.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 114 minutes
Intended Audience: Older kids and up

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