I’m constantly reminded by some of the people I hang out with that Ender’s Game is just one of those books that, if adapted to screen, should not be messed with. I’ve never read the book myself but from what I understand, it’s hallowed ground. Hear that, Gavin Hood? You’d best tread carefully.
Plenty of folks online have been discussing the possibility that this movie will either be a massive success (which would be mostly due to its built-in audience), or a colossal failure (like nearly every other big budget movie from last couple of summers). Well, they’re right. I’m not convinced it’s a 50/50 split, but there’s lots on the line. Much of the film’s outcome will also be attributed to how it’s marketed.
We’ve got two brand new clips, one of them is a viral video that’s pushing recruitment for Battle School. Harrison Ford, playing Col. Graff, appears in both.
Look, I love Ford’s work as much as the next guy, but I can’t help but get over how bored he looks here. His intonation, his lack of expression; I know he’s playing a weathered military Colonel but man, we’re talking about the survival of the human race. Make me want to join Battle School, y’know?
This is the first time in the history of my movie-watching life that I’m going to be watching a film, in which Ford stars, for reasons other than checking out one of history’s greatest leading men at work. I really hope that these clips are not representative of his entire performance.
…If it is, I want to know whosold Harrison Ford some ritalin when he obviously didn’t need any.
Ender’s Game is out in theatres on November 1st.
After an alien race called the Formics attacks Earth, the International Fleet prepare for the next invasion by training the best young children to find the future leader to lead the International Military. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is pulled out of his school to join International Fleet and attend the legendary Battle School. After easily mastering the increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect among his peers, Ender is soon ordained by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) himself to lead the military into a war that will determine the future of Earth and the human race.