An insect-like alien species called the Formics invaded Earth some decades ago. Humans won that battle, but only just, so, to prevent the ordeal from repeating, the military recruits youngsters, in the belief they have brighter minds than adults.
Ender Wiggin (Butterfield) is tipped to be "the one" by Colonel Graff (Ford). To safeguard the future of mankind, he prepares for the ultimate fight.
The space-based sci-fi film has an engaging storyline that explores human issues: whether it's fair to involve children in wars; if a system that values incapable veterans over bright young minds works; and whether it's right to eliminate passive enemies. The film also boasts breath-taking CG effects, bettered by Butterfield's spot-on portrayal of Ender.
But the whole look of the movie is let down by lazy camera work, with some shots looking disappointingly childish.
With its dynamic back-story and professional cast, Ender's Game deserves to be a more elaborate cinematic experience than "just another teen movie".
YP Rating: 3/5