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The problem with this movie is that it doesn't convince me enough to believe whole kids-go-to-war premise. It's definitely possible to have a great movie / show with younger casts, as we have seen in Game of Thrones and Harry Potter series, but not quite in this movie.
The movie doesn't make a strong enough case as to why the kids are the last resort. Why should we exclusively entrust our younger generations to command an entire army fleet? Best gamers in the world aren't necessarily kids. If the movie can't believably answer this, then the source novel is probably not worth cinematized in the first place.
The story has an uneven pace and unconvincing acting / dialogue during first half, but the pace ramps up quickly with an epic and surprising ending during second half. So overall, I still find the film entertaining. I especially like the last game Ender played, with awesomely stunning visual effects. The last 20 minutes actually makes the movie worth watching for me.