Tuesday, May 7, 2013

ENDER'S GAME Teaser Drops!

It's a shame that author Orson Scott Card is such a homophobic jerk because his novel, Ender's Game, is really quite stunning. It's a fantastic sci-fi story that starts small then builds and becomes this grand tale by the end. I have hope for film and even in the film makers to fix some of the problems in the book, which I'm sure I will get into when the review comes out.

Now that the first teaser is out, we can begin to see the real scope of the world that was orginially just limited to my imagination. But most importantly, we get our first, ever so tiny, glimpses of the zero gravity battle room, which was the most exciting part of the book.

Here's the synopsis:
After an alien race called the Formics attacks Earth, the International Fleet prepare for the next invasion by training the best young children to find the future leader to lead the International Military. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is pulled out of his school to join International Fleet and attend the legendary Battle School. After easily mastering the increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect among his peers, Ender is soon ordained by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) himself to lead the military into a war that will determine the future of Earth and the human race.

Check the trailer after the jump.

If I wasn't a fan of the book already, I'm not sure I would be completely sold based on this trailer. It gives a fairly decent glimpse of the Ender's world, but it's missing some sort of "oomfph" to really set it over the edge. I can't place exactly what's missing. Maybe a little more focus on Ender and his struggles? It barely scratches the surface of the personal turmoil the character goes through. But then again, maybe the marketing is being smart about keeping the best parts of the film out of the trailers. Here's to hoping.

ENDER'S GAME will be released November 1, 2013, directed by Gavin Hood, and stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Violet Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

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