Ender's Game - 9/10
Surprised about this one. I was stupid and thought this would just be some dumbed down kid's Sci-Fi movie. I was definitely wrong. Most kids under maybe 16 might get bored by this.
It really did make me think more than it should have. Whenever I was watching this my mind would wander onto other things such as books i've read, video games, dreams and WWII movies I've seen.
It's funny to say that more thought probably went into this movie than something like "Gravity", "Saving Private Ryan" or "Aliens". When I watch SPR there's about maybe only a couple things that activate my brain.
It's more like a Michael Bay action flick.
At first this movie reminded me of what it might be like having to join up for the military as a young person when living in Japan before WWII, but that went away quick. One particular scene made me think of Kamikaze pilots, so maybe that's why.
OK, not just that but one scene from the masterpiece "Independence Day" towards the end where Randy Quaid shouts "In the Words of My Generation....UP YOURS!!! and blows up the mother ship.
I think one problem I had is that I was getting way too engrossed in this movie and taking it WAAAY too seriously and forgot I was supposed to be having fun. Oops.
Now, not to sound like it's unoriginal, but it reminds me of maybe half a dozen different movies. Just various parts. Things from "Gattaca", "Holes", "Independence Day", "Another Earth" and a lot of other movies from the 80's.
Even a few parts from the Japanese film "Admiral Yamamoto". That's a good movie BTW. The Amazon reviews of it are just stupid.
This movie was directed by Gavin Hood who directed Tsotsi and "Rendition". Liked both of those a lot so I should have not let my brain come up with ideas on what this film MIGHT be like. People do this all the time and miss out on good movies.
We need more good PG or PG-13 non-violent movies like this that are not dumbed down/stupid or aimed at just children. Movies without swearing or offensive nudity (just kidding). There's just not enough like this that isn't animated. When was the last really good serious PG movie you've seen that wasn't made for children? For me it was maybe Black Stallion or October Sky. Even Apollo 13.
I think if I would direct a movie I'd make one that's PG. Seems like it'd be more of a challenge..sounds stupid I know..