WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH ENDER’S GAME A TIME TO KILL
SUNDAY 9.25PM, 7MATE ★★★
It’s Harry Potter … in space. It’s The Hunger Games … in space! It’s The Last Airbender … yep, that’s right … in space! Welcome to the way-out world of this sci-fi adventure based on the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card. The plot conjures a future where kids with a mystical command of video-game combat techniques are recruited by the military to repel an imminent alien attack. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), stands out from the rest. Physically, he is a bit of a runt. Tactically, he is a genius. While it plods along in parts, Ender’s Game does full justice to an admirably complicated and subtly ambitious tale. The training sequences in zero gravity are particularly well done. Co-stars Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley.
8.30PM, ONE ★★★
Another one-size-fits-all slab of legal eagle-ness from the platinum paperback pen of John Grisham. The setting is America’s deep south, where the necks are red, the right are white, and a black steel worker (Samuel L. Jackson) is unlikely to get a fair trial for killing the two thugs who assaulted his young daughter.
Southern discomfort: Samuel L. Jackson stars in ATimeToKill.