The Earth was ravaged twice by the Buggers, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Seventy years later, the people of Earth remain banded together to prevent our own annihilation from this technologically superior alien species. Ender Wiggin, a boy of only sixteen, may become the savior of the human race. He is separated from his beloved sister and brought to battle school in deep space. He will be tested and honed into an empathetic killer who despises himself as he learns to fight in hopes of saving Earth and his family.
This is a visually stunning movie with a theme of survival. The acting is solid with names like Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfelt and Asa Butterfield. Butterfield plays Ender Wiggin, a teen boy that Col. Graff (Harrison Ford) sees as having the real potential to help defeat the alien race that is threatening the destruction of mankind. Wiggin is chosen to take part in battle training and war games due to his leadership skills and his balance of compassion along with violence when he deems it necessary.
The movie does show some bullies pick on a character and beat him up and one teen boy is seriously hurt when he attacks a boy in the shower who in turn fights back. And Wiggin’s team is in for a surprise during their final training session scheduled before the real battle. This film features themes of loyalty, leadership, and compassion and we are pleased to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus. With a good story, acting, and terrific special effects, what more could you ask for from a movie?