‘Ender’s Game’ director talks film’s morality in exclusive clip

Feb. 11, 2014 | 12:43 p.m.

Hailee Steinfeld, left, and Asa Butterfield star in "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)

Director Gavin Hood and actors Suraj Partha and Asa Butterfield on the set of "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)

Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield star in "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)

Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield star in "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)

Hailee Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield star in "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)

Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld attend a promotional event for "Ender's Game" in San Diego during Comic-Con International on July 17. (Michael Buckner / Getty Images)

Hailee Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield attend a promotional event for "Ender's Game" in San Diego during Comic-Con International on July 17. (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)

Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld speak onstage during Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 18. (Joe Scarnici / Getty Images)

Director Gavin Hood onstage during Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 18. (Joe Scarnici / Getty Images)

The sci-fi spectacle “Ender’s Game” is available on home video Tuesday, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at a video clip from the bonus features.

The film, based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel, follows Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young, extremely intelligent boy who is recruited to attend Battle School and groomed to become a commander in a war against aliens. Card’s book won the Nebula and Hugo awards for best novel, and has become extremely popular, especially among children who read it in school.

The movie brought in more than $112 million at the worldwide box office, and the Blue-Ray and DVD releases, out Tuesday, include deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary with director Gavin Hood and producers Gigi Pritzker and Bob Orci, a 45-minute featurette about the making of the film and a featurette about the movie’s special effects, including the motion capture process.

In the video clip from the bonus features, above, Hood examines the story’s morality.

“So much popular entertainment takes this very simplistic paradigm of good vs. evil, and something bad happens to a good person, and then they spend the next two hours setting the world back to right,” Hood says in the video. “And they are good, and the evil guy’s got to be punished. And actually, that’s kind of a dangerous philosophy, because it’s never asking you whether you yourself have the capacity for evil or violence or doing something not good.”

Hood said he hoped the film would help young people “who are in those years where their ideas are most being formed” to examine the themes and ideas raised by the book.

“To what extent am I capable of acts of aggression, and to what extent am I capable of great kindness?” Hood said. “We, as a human species, are capable of both.”

The clip also features Mazer Rackham’s portrayer, Ben Kingsley, who notes that despite the film’s spectacle its message is serious.

“It’s not a confection. It’s not a concoction,” Kingsley says in the video. “It’s actually rooted in the truth of patterns of human behavior.”

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