Ender’s Game (Trailer #1) Review

I am finding it very hard to care about this film. The plot doesn’t really interest me, the characters don’t interest me and the trailer is very bland for a big budget science fiction film. The trailer did that stupid flashing in and out of shots which I hate! On the plot side of things I really don’t like the whole the world entirely relying on a child, instantly lost interest. The only part of this film that looks remotely interesting is the zero G fight training and that will be five minutes, so no thank you. Actually I want to know why Ben Kingsley has drawings on his face. Back to problems its director also directed X-Men Origins: Wolverine that’s a really bad start, oh and in my research I discovered the effects company behind this went into bankruptcy during post production. I struggle to see why people are interested in this film, so if anyone who read the book could explain this to me that would great.


My Score: D+

Release date: 1st November 2013


The Earth was ravaged twice by the Buggers, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Seventy years later, the people of Earth remain banded together to prevent their own annihilation from this technologically superior alien species. Ender Wiggin, a quiet but brilliant boy, may become the savior of the human race. He is separated from his beloved sister and his terrifying brother and brought to battle school in orbit around earth. He will be tested and honed into an empathetic killer who begins to despise himself as he learns to fight in hopes of saving Earth and his family.

Top 5 Scenes

5. Alien Attack Present Day


This looks kind of cool but I swear if I see that damn flashing in and out of black again I will flip out. It fools idiots into thinking the action is faster than it really is and all that happens is the film looks worse when seen. Not sure what our weakness is supposed to be but apparently its swarms of bugs. I hate a really small enemy, just annoys me.

4. Bored Harrison


Why would you put this shot in a trailer, he clearly looks bored about even being there. A good five seconds dedicated to a bored Harrison Ford looking out of a window. It’s just so funny!

3. Training Station


Alright so here is the training academy situated in an orbiting space station. You can clearly see the Zero G training room in the middle. That’s pretty much it. I hope everyone dies. Come on asteroids!

2. Zero Gravity Fighting


This looks fairly good, or mildly entertaining. I am seriously struggling to care. So I am assuming at some point they will be fighting the alien bugs hand to hand in space? Otherwise I cannot think why you would need this training. Nobody fights in open space! That’s like swimming down to a submarine and punching it.

1. Is This The End Of The Film?


Is this the end of the film? Do I not have to sit through what to me looks like 2 hours of boredom? Probably not, but it’s nice to think about. I don’t get this film, I don’t get what he just did, I don’t know why he did it, I mainly don’t know why this book is a world best seller, but then so was Twilight so who cares what millions of idiots think. Wow this was a surprisingly negative review. Just don’t like bland science fiction films, you can literally think of anything in this genre.

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Well that’s my views. Now what do you think about this newest trailer?


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40 responses to “Ender’s Game (Trailer #1) Review”

  1. Navy Vet says :

    Read the book before commenting! I’ve been reading 2 or 3 sci-fi novels or short stories a week since age 13 (am now 77) & love Card’s stories. ENDERS GAME is one of my own top favorites, and most sci-fi fans would agree, It isn’t what you seem to think. I’m a Vietnam veteran and it hit us like a ton of bricks, helped turn me pacifist. It’s a profoundly ANTIWAR novel about being suckered in, then remorseful–philosophical and complex. I am hoping the film is, too.


  2. ianthecool says :

    Wow, this looks really… ordinary.


  3. The Focused Filmographer says :

    While I agree with the “not caring about the movie at this point in time” I still would give this trailer at least a C- hahaha.

    I didn’t really care about any of the people or the events from the trailer alone. and a trailer should make me care to at least see the film. There’s still time. Hopefully it will change. 🙂


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      “I didn’t really care about any of the people or the events from the trailer” Yet a c-? Your logic confuses me 😀

      I am sure the film will be better but the trailer was pretty terrible. You get under 3 minutes to intrigue me but instead just put me off so D is being nice 😀


  4. Nourjan Nanash says :

    I’m waiting for this with trepidation.

    Despite the bland trailer ,I’m still having my hopes up for this movie.Gavin Hood directed and wrote the screenplay for the award winning movie “Tsotsi” and have confessed to be a fan of the book and assured us that the movie is faithful (but then again ,Syamalan also said the same thing about Avatar:The Last Airbender).If they managed to capture the essence of the book, this might even be an Oscar contender(the most obvious is the best male actor category for Asa Butterfield).


  5. adlibitur90 says :

    I may have laughed longer than I should have that the aliens are called buggers #YesIAmImmature.


  6. ruth says :

    “I am finding it very hard to care about this film” Yep, your first line pretty much sums it up my sentiment Tim. I might give it a rent on Netflix or see it free on press screening, but doesn’t seem worth paying for.


  7. sanclementejedi says :

    I keep waiting for the government to contact me about flying drones after checking out my gamer score on Xbox. I hope Ford looks more excited in the new Star Wars films.


  8. sidekickreviews says :

    I was thinking about reading the book before the movies comes out. I dunno, the trailer didn’t impress me either especially while Harrison Ford was narrating. Some of the visuals looked intriguing but then again I’m a sucker for sci-fi movies.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      I am unimpressed with all the hype that was surrounding the film, hope you like the book. Apparently its quite brutal but this film will be aimed at younger audiences and will tone all that good stuff way down 😦

      Science Fiction!!!


  9. theipc says :

    Like Fogs, I’ve read the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it BUT – I figured that big twist out way too early and was left disappointed. I don’t see how a movie adaptation of this would be very good…


  10. Fogs' Movie Reviews says :

    The book is really bad ass. Earth has been attacked by and alien species and nearly lost. In order to ensure it doesnt happen again, they initiate a training program for children. Its a brutal, cold hearted affair. Ender succeeds by being %#$&ing ruthless.

    I dont know how they can capture the tone of the book onscreen (theyre going to have to soften it, I’m so afraid they will 😦 ) but that book is incredible.

    And that trailer looks good to me, but I’m filling in the blanks with what I know of the book…


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Ok so an argument from a person in the know, I like it 😀

      I don’t see ruthless or bad ass anywhere in this trailer. Believe me that sounds good but I am not seeing it.

      It looks to be aiming at younger audiences and will in turn tone down violence and anything good, not sure why but there you go 😦


    • ianthecool says :

      Fogs? Since when do you read?!


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