Movie review: ‘Ender’s Game’ a big-budget, sci-fi study on the ethics of war

By Ashley Bergner
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KS_New_enderDo the ends ever justify the means? Is it ever acceptable to do something wrong if it helps bring about a cause that is noble? Is it ethical to require a few to make painful sacrifices for the good of the majority?

These are questions all societies must ask during times of war, and the answers to these questions are rarely easy or clear-cut. “Ender’s Game,” a new movie based on a popular 1985 sci-fi book, explores some of these issues, as well the fall-out for those who have to make these difficult decisions.

In the future, the planet Earth is almost destroyed by an insect-like race of aliens known as Formics. To prepare for what humanity assumes will be the inevitable second invasion, the military begins training children to serve as commanders of the space fleet that will be used to fight the Formics. One of these children is Ender Wiggin. Lonely and bullied — but also a tactical genius — Ender is singled out as humanity’s best hope for defending Earth from the Formics. Continue reading

2013 fall/winter movie preview

By Ashley Bergner
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enders-gameAlthough the puzzling under-performance of several major blockbusters brought an unexpectedly quiet end to the summer movie season, Hollywood has saved several highly-anticipated tent-poles for its fall/winter line-up. From the “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” to the next chapter in Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy, the rest of 2013 should have a mix of all-but-guaranteed blockbusters and a few fun surprises. Continue reading

WTF? Teacher may lose job for reading ‘pornographic’ sci-fi

Ender's Game cost a teacher his jobBy Matthew Jackson, Source:

A lot of us have some pretty fond memories of hearing our teachers read aloud in class, but here’s at least one kid who wasn’t impressed. A middle school teacher in South Carolina is now under investigation for reading to his class from a sci-fi novel that a student and parent complained was “pornographic.” And here’s the kicker: the book in question has been read by middle school students everywhere for years.

So what piece of highly offensive, edgy reading material did this teacher read that caused a kid to get so testy? Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card’s Hugo and Nebula-winning 1985 novel that’s been a fixture in American schools for 25 years now. Continue reading

Could Harrison Ford return to space for that Ender’s Game movie?

Is Harrison Ford heading out to space againBy Matthew Jackson, Source:

That Ender’s Game flick is moving right along with casting. Now that Hugo’s Asa Butterfield is definitely on board for the title role, it’s time to turn our attention to the pivotal role of Ender’s mentor, Colonel Hyrum Graff. Among the names in contention is none other than sci-fi god Harrison Ford.

Variety confirmed yesterday that Butterfield is definitely on board for the flick, the story of a young solider in training at the International Fleet, a futuristic battle academy where he goes to war with other trainees. Ender is the trainee, and now producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, Ender author Orson Scott Card and director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) need to find the trainer. Continue reading

Twilight folks to do Ender’s Game?

Is Ender's Game finally coming to the big screen?Looks like Summit, the studio that brought us (and continues to bring us) the Twilight Saga adaptations, will be the next studio to try to adapt Orson Scott Card’s classic 1985 SF novel Ender’s Game, with X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood at the helm.

The last attempt to bring Ender’s Game to the screen imploded in 2008, when the project was at Warner Brothers and being developed by Das Boot and Troy director Wolfgang Petersen.

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Will we FINALLY get an Ender’s Game movie?

Ender's Game coming to the big screen

Orson Scott Card’s military-sci-fi classic has been orbiting in Hollywood for what feels like eons, never coming in for a landing. But there’s a new team behind the wheel, led by Star Trek’s writer-producers: Can they succeed where so many others have failed?

This new team consists of X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood, who wrote the screenplay and is attached to direct, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who’ll produce. This is the package that just went out to just about every studio in town, looking to snare a home base.

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