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Breaking Down the Ender's Game Trailer
It has been years since I've read Orson Scott Card's epic science fiction novel, Ender's Game. Though I don't remember everything about the novel, I remember the epic scope, the ambitious nature of it's story and politics, and the fact that the experience of reading it has never left me. Now it's movie is finally being made and it looks every bit as epic and ambitious as I remember.
The trailer begins with huge actions shots of planes fighting with hordes of aliens as Harrison Ford talks about how the aliens have their number and how they must never be allowed to come close to destroying the Earth again. We then see a giant space station in Earth's orbit as Harrison Ford says that they need a new kind of soldier as shots of children in various military gear are shown. Then, Ender himself is shown as he's proclaimed to be the one who will end the war and defeat the aliens. Various action shots follow as we are shown some footage of the kids training, Ender hugging his sister, presumably before he leaves for training, and a big shot of Ender directing a beam that destroys a planet.
First off, the cast looks great. I have a lot of confidence in Asa Butterfield after seeing him in Hugo so I think he'll be a fine fit as Ender. We didn't get to Hailee Steinfeld do much, but after True Grit it's hard to doubt what she'll bring to the table. The veteran additions of Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin should inspire a lot of confidence in the rest of the performances out of the principal cast.
The special effects and action look great as well. The epic scope of the book seems like it'll be captured well on screen with the various shots of the space station, the alien invaders, and the training shots. It's good this movie is being made now since technology is in place to accurately bring the visuals to life. If this movie had been 15-20 years ago, it wouldn't have been as polished as it looks and they probably wouldn't have been able to do what needed to be done to visually represent the novel. I mean, special affects were great 15-20 years ago. We wouldn't have been able to get movies like Jurassic Park, Independence Day, and The Matrix without the technology already available at the time. However, it would've been hard to do something as complex as Ender's Game.
Unfortunately, I can't speak to how well the film looks in terms of how faithful it is to the plot since it's been so long since I've read the book. I'll be interested to see if the filmmakers still include all of the political stuff involving Ender's sister in the movie or if the events surrounding the defeat of the aliens will be the same. I think I'm do for another reading before the movie comes out in November. Either way, the movie looks great so far so hopefully the final product will meet expectations.
Ender's Game hits theaters November 1, 2013