Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is one of the best Sci-Fi novels ever to be written and now it is being made into a film version! Years ago, the Earth was defeated by an alien race, known as the Buggers, in a terrible war. In order to not face defeat again, the government has been putting genius children, who have been genetically experimented on to increase their intellectual spectrum at a rapid pace, through rigorous training in hopes that one of them will be the one who will lead them to victory.

Andrew 'Ender' Wiggen is drafted to the Battle School at the age of 6. He is moved away from his family, which consists of his nice but distant parents, a brutal older brother Peter, and his older sister Valentine, who he loves more than anyone else in the whole world. Both Peter and Valentine are brilliant like Ender, but Peter lacks compassion and Valentine shows too much empathy, so they were not chosen to be drafted to the Battle School. However, their skills allow them to eventually have a serious impact on the political system on Earth.

Ender is happy to leave his family mainly because it means he will be taken away from Peter. Unlike others at the school, Ender's skills improve at an impressive rate, quickly exceeding the other students. The government has their eyes set on Ender for being the general they've always been looking for, so they decide to isolate him and challenge him in order to make his skills strengthen even faster. Ender has to deal with constant bullying from the other children and loneliness from being isolated from everyone, including Valentine, who is the only one who truly understands him.

Will the world be saved by young Ender when the time comes? Or is it too late and the Earth will be destroyed forever?

Ender's Game is set to come out March 15, 2013, so they are still filming the film right now. I am excited about the casting choices. Ender Wiggen is being played by Asa Butterfield, who is obviously much older than Ender is in the books, but he has proven to be a brilliant actor, look to Hugo if you haven't seen this kid act yet. Abigail Bressen has been cast as Valentine and I've been a fan of hers since Little Miss Sunshine. Other great actors that have been casted in the film, including Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Ben Kingsley. Fantastic!!!!


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