Though the basic plot of Orson Scott Card’s 1979 novel, Ender’s Game, reads like the basic plot summary of any cheesy modern Young Adult novel in which a young teen is suddenly thrust into terrifying sci-fi or horror events and must look deep within him or herself in order to find the strength to save civilization, the novel itself is a highly decorated and deeply respected (if somewhat morally complicated) work of science fiction. The newest trailer though? Like a basic plot description for the novel it’s based upon, the film trailer feels like by-the-numbers YA stuff.
In the future, aliens called the Formics attack Earth and nearly cripple civilization, and are set to return to finish the job. To prepare for that eventual return, the International Fleet recruits Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy—but genius-level strategist—young boy to lead the fleet and the forces of humanity against the eventual Formics onslaught and save humanity and looks totes cute to any and all possible 14 year girls who show up to buy tickets.
Oh, and Harrison Ford sticks to his grumpy Harrison Ford mode. Check it out:
There’s nothing to arresting in the trailer, but it doesn’t look terrible, either. Co-starring Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, and Abigail Breslin, and directed by Gavin Hood, Ender’s Game is set for a November 1 release date.
What do you think of the Ender’s Game trailer?