I have never read the book Ender’s Game until recently, but only because the movie was coming out. I couldn’t put the book down and finished it within the week. That said, I didn’t expect the movie to stick close to the book, but surprisingly it did for the most part. They had to take out a lot from the book because, if they didn’t, the movie would have been about 2 and half hours long, if not more. As it is, the movie runs for 114 minutes.
The story centers around Ender Wiggin, a brilliant military strategist, although he is just a boy. He is recruited by the International Fleet (IF) to go to battle school, because the head of the school (Colonel Graff) sees great things in Ender.
Although this is not shown in the movie, Ender does exceed their expectations and soon becomes a leader of his own platoon at Battle School.
Things happened and Ender leaves battle school and he returns to Earth. Only at the urging of his sister, whom he loves dearly, does he return. He ends up in Command School to lead, what he thinks, is a simulated war against the enemy (the formics).
I do need to mention that they did change the ending, but, overall, this was a very enjoyable movie and I will either see it again at the cinema or buy the Blu-Ray when it comes out.
Here’s something to think about if you’re a Star Wars Fan. Does the Death Star have its own places to grow foodstuffs or do they take it to an Empire-friendly planet and send a shuttle down to buy food or do they send out the Star Destroyers?
When I first saw the preview for Star Trek Into Darkness, I was afraid it was going to be like Star Trek II-The Wrath of Khan. There was a sequence near the end that reminded me of it, but it was more like a foreshadowing.
The story, like the first movie, is a prequel to the original movies. It deals with the Enterprise crew chasing after Khan (a youg man in this movie), who wants to destroy Starfleet. When Kirk, who has been demoted to first officer, Admiral Pike, and several other starship captains and first officers meet to discuss the destruction of a Starfleet warehouse in London, Khan appears in a chopper-like vehicle and fires a missle into the meeting room. Pike is killed and Kirk, who is reinstated as Captain of the Enterprise, gets permission from Admiral Marcus. Khan is captured by the Enterprise, but not before he saves the life of Spock, Uhura, and Kirk from the Klingons.
The movie comes with many plot twists that keep you guessing at times. I enjoyed this movie. Rated 4/5.
Directed by Gavin Hood. With Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld. 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.
I am going to offend a lot of people, but the one thing that I hate about driving is when people don’t use their turn signals, especially in Santa Clarita, California.
The thing is, they think that they did nothing wrong.
I used to give the excuse that their cars don’t come with turn signals, but I think I’m giving them too much credit. They just don’t have the brains to know how to use them.
I had an incident today, that an SUV just went across three lanes of traffic and cut me off so he can turn into the shopping center to get Starbucks! I honked at him and he started chasing me in the car. I decided I didn’t want to put up with this idiot so I just got out of there.
Oz The Great and Powerful An IMAX 3D Experience-My Review
I saw this film in IMAX 3D. When I saw the first part of the film, I thought that the film was one of those films that wasn’t really made for IMAX but the theatres just wanted to make more money. I was pleasantly surprised when the film got to the second part because it took full advantage of the IMAX 3D experience.
This film is the prequel to the original Wizard of Oz as it traces the story of Oscar, a carnival magician who gets away in a balloon when he crosses (accidentally) the Strong Man. He gets caught in a twister (like Dorothy did in the original Wizard of Oz). The IMAX journey begins when he arrives in Oz and traces the story as how he becomes the Wizard of Oz and how the other characters came to be.
The acting was great, the 3D experience was awesome and there were some parts that can make you jump out of your seat. There were some parts that, I felt, would be too scary for kids under the age of 10, but, otherwise, it’s a good film for the family.