If you’ve ever looked around your workplace and thought “they just keep getting younger every year,” you should go to the IF’s battle school. Forget about teenagers enrolling in the army, these guys and gals are hardly ten. Ender Wiggin is only six. It’s worth it, they say, because they’re desperately trying to create the kind of brainpower that will help them survive another war with the aliens known as the buggers. But the question that the cunning Col. Graff has to wrestle with is enough to make your blood run cold: what are we doing to these kids?
It seems that making movies about children making war against each other is becoming a fad.
That probably makes me sound like a pessimistic grouch. Let me start over.
A lot of people are probably going to compare Ender’s Game to The Hunger Games, saying that these movies are making money through society’s depraved sense of entertainment at the expense of children being made into killing machines.
They would be wrong.
Thor: The Dark World
The pre-Avengers movies were pretty good. Thor was one of my favorites. The Avengers upped the ante. The question then became if the next movies would live up to the same standard. Iron Man 3 definitely did. Thor: The Dark World looks like it will live up those expectations, even pass them with flying colors. The idea of Thor and Loki fighting on the same side is awesome enough, especially when they’re fighting a villain played by Christopher Eccleston, who is one of the most underrated actors of our day, how can you not be excited?
Based on the insanely-popular novel, Ender’s Game follows the story of a boy who is a brilliant protégé, being trained by the military to help them win a war against alien invaders. Some fans of the book think it will be brilliant, others think it will be terrible. With a cast that includes Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, and Abigail Breslin, I have high hopes. I’ll be there on opening weekend.