'Enders Game': the emotional and physical price of war

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'Enders Game': the emotional and physical price of war

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Based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card, ‘Ender’s Game’ tells the story of an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion.

Asa Butterfield plays the role of the boy, known as Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggin.

Harrison Ford stars as Colonel Hyrum Graff, who recruits and trains Ender for war. Ford said he was drawn to the film for its strong moral message.

“It’s about the cost of what we impose on our young people emotionally, morally… to bear the weight of the practice of war for our society,” Ford explained. “And that we are asking them to do, something which is not necessarily part of their natures, for which they are going to pay an emotional price, or the cost of limbs and lives.”

The film has recently run into trouble over Orson Scott Card’s antagonistic views on gay rights. So, both director Gavin Hood and the cast have distanced themselves from the author’s controversial views.

Actor Viola Davis was asked about Scott Card’s views. “I always separate the message from the messenger. I think we’ve seen extraordinary human beings in the past; everyone from Martin Luther King to Joseph Campbell – I love all of his books, (such as) ‘The Hero with a Thousand Faces’ – who led very questionable personal lives,” she replied.

“And I think, ultimately, what he created in ‘Ender’s Game’ was something that’s going to stimulate us in a way that’s so necessary, which is: what happens when we train these young men to go to war?”

‘Ender’s Game’ is out in cinemas worldwide now.