Director: Gavin Hood. Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley. Viola Davis. 114 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Sci-fi.
Earth is threatened by an alien invasion, and army generals decide to recruit teenagers to lead the attack against the alien planet. Orson Scott Card's 1985 novel is directed towards teenagers, and that's why the movie feels ... childish. Yes, the visual effects are (literally) uplifting, and there a few good moral points about thinking twice before completely annihilating your enemy, but when nearly the entire running time of a movie is focused on the military training kids (even when a few Oscar-nominated kids are among them), it's hard to be inspired the way sci-fis inspire.