The Formics, who sound like a punk band but are in fact an alien insect species, tried to colonise Earth some years back, were narrowly defeated, but seem to be regrouping. Ender Wiggin (Asa Filmspeed), a promising young cyclist – sorry, space fighter – is talent-spotted by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) as a potential leader in the next battle against them.
The malleable minds of children, you see, make them more effective at high-tech warfare. But at what psychological cost? To hell with the kids, I’m talking about the viewer here. This plodding film sees Ender training, then training some more, while learning how to control his supposed violent streak. What’s personally at stake for him is… well, nothing really. A slightly disappointed family. And who doesn’t have one of those? Ahem.
There are actually interesting moral themes here but they’re overwhelmed by a clunky script and unconvincing performances (including Ben Kingsley as a Maori). 5/10
Released December 5, 2013.