Fifty years after mankind nearly went extinct following an attack by an alien threat known as the Formics, Ender Wiggan is selected as the newest member in a Battle School which trains the next generation of commanders. Ender and his classmates compete in zero gravity war games in hopes that they will be promoted up the ranks of the military. The film is based on Orson Scott Card’s now classic science fiction story which the film loosely follows while leaving out many of the more important ancillary plotlines. While the omissions help keep the movie just under two hours, the plot feels rushed and the impact of character choices lose their strength. Overall the film works best in the Battle School where excellent visuals create the scenes with the most tension. These battles also help drive character development and bridge gaps found in other areas. Asa Butterfield’s portrayal of Ender falls short of what the film would need to transcend its genre. He is not wholly incapable and has a difficult role to fill, switching being apathetic violence, stoic insubordination and tear bursting. Perhaps the greatest obstacle the film had to overcome is the requisite cast full of teenagers who do an uneven job of breathing life into a source material filled with internal conflict.