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The trailer for Ender's Game brings a new kind of soldier for a new kind of war

05.07.2013

ENDER'S GAME has been on my list of books to read for a very long time. When I heard the movie was coming out, I decided to throw it on the backburner and wait to see how the movie looks. Now, I really want to go back and pick up the books and start churning through the series.

This first trailer for ENDER'S GAME plays as a lot more serious in tone than I was anticipating, featuring scowling Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. It looks pretty damn impressive, effects wise, and plays like a younger version of STARSHIP TROOPERS. I like that the technology is futuristic but not clean. It truly looks like a military setting. I have been hearing from fans of the book that this trailer does show a lot more than it should, but you be the judge. For those of us who have no idea what to expect, this looks fresh and a lot of fun.

Check out the trailer below.

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.

Also starring Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld, and Viola Davis, ENDER'S GAME is in theaters on November 1st, 2013.

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5:17PM on 05/07/2013
The twist is Ben Kingsley's character turns out to be a boozin' British actor!
The twist is Ben Kingsley's character turns out to be a boozin' British actor!
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5:30PM on 05/07/2013
Yes and all the cool fight scenes are done by remote control
Yes and all the cool fight scenes are done by remote control
5:20PM on 05/07/2013

academy award nominee, academy award nominee...

academy award nominee, academy award nominee, academy award nominee....
academy award nominee, academy award nominee, academy award nominee....
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7:21PM on 05/07/2013
Heavy-handed, but intentional. They flash ASA BUTTERFIELD up there first, and just when people start to think, "...Um, wait, who the fu--" they distract you with ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE such-and-such. By the last one, you've forgotten the first.

Heavy-handed, but intentional. They flash ASA BUTTERFIELD up there first, and just when people start to think, "...Um, wait, who the fu--" they distract you with ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE such-and-such. By the last one, you've forgotten the first.

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5:21PM on 05/07/2013

You Really Should Read the Book First

Those complaining about the trailer giving away spoilers are, in this case, right. The book came out over 25 years ago, so the statute of limitations on spoilers has obviously passed. In this case, though, you want to read the book first so the ending and how it wraps up retains its power.

*Spoilers**Spoilers**Spoilers*
Looks to me like the audience will know that Ender is actually fighting the real war, but that Ender does not. Different reveal than the book, but I think it'll work for a
Those complaining about the trailer giving away spoilers are, in this case, right. The book came out over 25 years ago, so the statute of limitations on spoilers has obviously passed. In this case, though, you want to read the book first so the ending and how it wraps up retains its power.

*Spoilers**Spoilers**Spoilers*
Looks to me like the audience will know that Ender is actually fighting the real war, but that Ender does not. Different reveal than the book, but I think it'll work for a film version.
*End Spoilers**End Spoilers**End Spoilers*

That being said, this looks awesome, and I look forward to the movie! Looks better than it has in my mind since I read the book all those years ago.
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9:32PM on 05/07/2013
Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield in a sci-fi action flick. Orson Scott Card's personal beliefs aside, it should be a good time.
Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield in a sci-fi action flick. Orson Scott Card's personal beliefs aside, it should be a good time.
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4:49PM on 05/07/2013

Too much in the trailer, again

I'll likely be seeing this in theatres, but the trailer blows several plot twists. Not cool.
I'll likely be seeing this in theatres, but the trailer blows several plot twists. Not cool.
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4:45PM on 05/07/2013
this trailer looks great but, as usual, they show too much.
this trailer looks great but, as usual, they show too much.
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4:38PM on 05/07/2013
Looks great! I never read the book but I read Enders Shaddow and this looks fantastic.
Looks great! I never read the book but I read Enders Shaddow and this looks fantastic.
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9:19PM on 05/07/2013
The trailer looks fine. I just hope that the director can show us an effort that won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and not one that made X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The trailer looks fine. I just hope that the director can show us an effort that won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and not one that made X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
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5:09PM on 05/07/2013
Looks solid. Great cast, effects look solid. Asa was great in Hugo, so I think he was a good choice for Ender. And, of course, Harrison and Ben are thespians, and with this quality of material, I suspect they won't be wasted here as they have been in so many films recently (though they have both lately shown that they still got it).
Looks solid. Great cast, effects look solid. Asa was great in Hugo, so I think he was a good choice for Ender. And, of course, Harrison and Ben are thespians, and with this quality of material, I suspect they won't be wasted here as they have been in so many films recently (though they have both lately shown that they still got it).
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5:06PM on 05/07/2013
I'm astonished to say this, but to me this trailer actually captured the feeling of the book. I wasn't expecting anything even close. I don't want to see any more though until my ass is in the seat at my local IMAX (hopefully).
I'm astonished to say this, but to me this trailer actually captured the feeling of the book. I wasn't expecting anything even close. I don't want to see any more though until my ass is in the seat at my local IMAX (hopefully).
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4:11AM on 05/09/2013

Everyone here is whining about spoilers

Ive never read the book and I just watched this trailer and I get a jist of the story but I don't know what was spoiled? obviously you know because you've READ THE BOOKS! but for people who haven't and are new to the story, this trailer does a fantastic job conveying the jist of it. With no spoilers to be seen
Ive never read the book and I just watched this trailer and I get a jist of the story but I don't know what was spoiled? obviously you know because you've READ THE BOOKS! but for people who haven't and are new to the story, this trailer does a fantastic job conveying the jist of it. With no spoilers to be seen
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12:23PM on 05/09/2013
you should pick up a book sometime.
you should pick up a book sometime.
4:56PM on 05/07/2013
I'm in....yeah I agree shows too much but I'm up for this
I'm in....yeah I agree shows too much but I'm up for this
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8:30AM on 05/08/2013
I'm surprisingly impressed with the trailer. If I see this movie at the theatres for any reason it will be out of pure curiosity of seeing the zero gravity war simulations.
I'm surprisingly impressed with the trailer. If I see this movie at the theatres for any reason it will be out of pure curiosity of seeing the zero gravity war simulations.
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7:23PM on 05/07/2013

I dig the music.

But yes, they show too much. Damn glad I read the book first..
But yes, they show too much. Damn glad I read the book first..
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10:06AM on 05/08/2013
I have absolutely no idea about this story, so that trailer did a great job getting me really interested!
I have absolutely no idea about this story, so that trailer did a great job getting me really interested!
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12:15AM on 05/08/2013

Good book...

But this just looks pretty generic. Gave me the same feeling that I had after watching the trailer for 'After Earth'. That ain't a good thing.
But this just looks pretty generic. Gave me the same feeling that I had after watching the trailer for 'After Earth'. That ain't a good thing.
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6:02PM on 05/08/2013

Familiar looking alien, anyone?

That shot of Viola Davis staring through the holographic screen... doesn't that image look like...a Metroid??
That shot of Viola Davis staring through the holographic screen... doesn't that image look like...a Metroid??
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5:59PM on 05/08/2013

Familiar looking alien, anyone?

That shot of Viola Davis staring through the holographic screen... doesn't that image look like...a Metroid??
That shot of Viola Davis staring through the holographic screen... doesn't that image look like...a Metroid??
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8:55AM on 05/08/2013
I love this trailer. Great job, looks great.
I love this trailer. Great job, looks great.
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1:20AM on 05/08/2013
P.U.
P.U.
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10:56PM on 05/07/2013
Will not pay to see.
Will not pay to see.
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7:15PM on 05/07/2013
Meh....
Meh....
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11:15PM on 05/07/2013
Never read the book, but this looks terrible in every way imaginable. But mostly the art direction is so tired and lazy, this could have been any sci-fi movie from the past 15 years.
Never read the book, but this looks terrible in every way imaginable. But mostly the art direction is so tired and lazy, this could have been any sci-fi movie from the past 15 years.
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10:06PM on 05/07/2013

Replace the kids with adults...

Replace the kids with adults and it would probably be a solid sci-fi flick. With kids? Not interested. Yes, I realize the use of kids is the whole idea, but it's a lame one.
Replace the kids with adults and it would probably be a solid sci-fi flick. With kids? Not interested. Yes, I realize the use of kids is the whole idea, but it's a lame one.
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9:47PM on 05/07/2013
I've never read the book, and I don't know much about the story - save for the fact that underage kids are fighting a bloody war...led by a boy named Ender - so this film kinda has my interest. I do like how they feel they have to introduce the adult cast by mentioning they were either Academy Award winners or Academy Award nominees. (Heh heh heh).

I've never read the book, and I don't know much about the story - save for the fact that underage kids are fighting a bloody war...led by a boy named Ender - so this film kinda has my interest. I do like how they feel they have to introduce the adult cast by mentioning they were either Academy Award winners or Academy Award nominees. (Heh heh heh).

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6:52PM on 05/07/2013
So the idea to win over the aliens is to use children against them? Makes sense.
Trailer looks good, though.
So the idea to win over the aliens is to use children against them? Makes sense.
Trailer looks good, though.
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7:21PM on 05/07/2013
Children think better on their feet, are more adaptable, can learn faster than adults in many contexts . . . that's the premise of the book and why they choose children. It's true in real life regarding things like learning languages, so why wouldn't we want to train them in 3D thinking from an early age for wars in space?
Children think better on their feet, are more adaptable, can learn faster than adults in many contexts . . . that's the premise of the book and why they choose children. It's true in real life regarding things like learning languages, so why wouldn't we want to train them in 3D thinking from an early age for wars in space?
7:51AM on 05/08/2013

The synopsis COMPLETELY ignores the key plot line...

The book itself (which fairly well sucked balls) at least made a huge point about the fact that these kids were NOT part of the war...they were running simulations, JUST SIMULATIONS. That's totally lost here. And ruins the setup for the plot twist (see other posts below).

Also, there was a reason they picked kids (not the "they're not afraid like we are") and the entire, the ENTIRE running plot of the book was that these kids were always in simulated war games, testing strategies, tweaking
The book itself (which fairly well sucked balls) at least made a huge point about the fact that these kids were NOT part of the war...they were running simulations, JUST SIMULATIONS. That's totally lost here. And ruins the setup for the plot twist (see other posts below).

Also, there was a reason they picked kids (not the "they're not afraid like we are") and the entire, the ENTIRE running plot of the book was that these kids were always in simulated war games, testing strategies, tweaking them, getting better, looking for a way to beat the aliens, but never actually fighting them.

I just didn't get anything like that feel from this trailer. A real chance to take an interesting concept, which was really shittily done (in the book) and do it right in the movie...squandered it seems.
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6:29PM on 05/07/2013
this looks like jj abrams' version of star trek, which is to say - like glossy, empty huge pile of crap.
i have an idea for all those trying to "update" some older books/comics/shows - how about creating something, you know, original? since this has to do with source material as much as anything else coming out of hollywood these days...
this looks like jj abrams' version of star trek, which is to say - like glossy, empty huge pile of crap.
i have an idea for all those trying to "update" some older books/comics/shows - how about creating something, you know, original? since this has to do with source material as much as anything else coming out of hollywood these days...
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10:35AM on 05/09/2013
you seem to have no idea what you are taking about. at least use wiki before you mouth off
you seem to have no idea what you are taking about. at least use wiki before you mouth off
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