It’s been a long road from page to silver screen for Ender’s Game. In 1985, Orson Scott Card’s futuristic novel won the coveted Hugo and Nebula award – along with legions of fans – but for the past decade the film adaptation has been languishing in developmental hell. Directed by Gavin Hood and complete with a star-studded cast, the popular book has finally been brought to life. But whilst the classic literature is hailed as an inspiring and poignant coming-of-age story, the film doesn’t quite prove itself worthy of similar praise.
The hardest part of being a 911 operator, one dispatcher tells us, is that “You don’t know how it ends”. That sense of helplessness is effectively extracted in The Call, the latest thriller from well-versed director Brad Anderson. However, not knowing how this one ends may be preferable to watching it fall apart in its final minutes.