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Plot: For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing ... and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Runtime: 90 mins Release Date: 10 Oct 2008
I wasn't expecting much from this film, but I ended up loving it quite a bit. It's a great kid's adventure, lots of mystery and action, good character development, and plenty of cool settings.Bill Murray and Tim Robbins do a fine job in their roles, but they are mostly supporting cast. It's the two kids who are the real heart of the story. I also love how the filmmakers created an entirely plausible distant future where beauty still thrived despite crumbling infrastructure. Above all, this is a movie about hope for the future.If you are looking for a good adventure similar to <more>
THE GOONIES, check this out. Great for kids, and great for folks of all ages who enjoy light adventure.
Fox you fools!!! you have a real gem of a movie here and you are wasting it there may be 'more to a bottle cap than keeping liquid escaping' however there is also more than selling a movie than the odd random TV spot! This may be a film that succeeds in capturing the magic of the family film glory days of the 80's, it took me right back to when I was ten years old and for the first time in years allowed me to become totally engrossed in the world that was portrayed before me this does not mean you have to stay true to the 80's in your marketing campaign !!! <more>
Merchandise?Billboards?Internet?Giveaways?Video games? .. ..No- just a lame trailer! Its 2008 get with it FOX! This movie will no doubt become one of those titles that the next generation discovers by chance who will pour upon it the real attention it deserves strangely much like the box in the movie how ironic! 9 out 10
Wonderful film, made me want to read the books! (by trinity8486)
I had never even hear of City of Ember, but when my mother asked my husband and I to go see it I decided to go. I was not expecting this at all! City of Ember was a wonderful movie! I can see how people who have read the books are giving this bad reviews. With any movie that comes from a book there will have to be some changes, even if just for the fact of editing for time. After seeing City of Ember I couldn't wait to get to the store to buy the books! I'm glad that this movie had this effect on me and will probably inspire others to do the same. Instead of criticizing how the movie <more>
doesn't follow the book as much as you believe it should, you should just enjoy the film for what it is and then you can re-read with new visuals to think of!
A great children's adventure. The best I've seen yet! (by zacharykirk94)
The film takes you into the world of a young girl Ronan who is living in an underground city that is falling apart. She and her friend Treadaway try to decifer a message left by the builders of the city that her little sister, Poppy, conveniently ripped apart. A brilliantly colored film. Fast paced and fun, you won't be disappointed. Ronan brings her character to life with all of the charms and pluckiness that we loved so much about Lina in the books. Bill Murray shows up as the gluttonous mayor that is the BIG VILLAIN of the whole story. Jeane DuPrau's vision could have never been <more>
with a few plot changes, but that's understandable, I mean, they can't go exactly from the book, word for word, because there are some things in books that just can' be put on screen.I don't get why people don't like this movie so much, I mean, THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME!!!!! The whole idea of a City of Ember is very believable.You can tell they used every cent of their 55 million dollar budget, because, jeez, the sets are fantastically real, the costumes look authentic! The part of the boats actually being the lockers was genius. I never saw it coming. It was a little easier I <more>
bet for the filmmakers to film a moving turnstile than a cave against the rushing water. ; Love this title, go see it while it is on DVD, because sadly it did not do well at all in the box office, so probably no adaptation of "People of Sparks" :
I saw this movie 2 days ago in a very rainy day. I wanted to escape worries of the day-to-day life, and I gave this movie a shot without really knowing what I should expected from it. And what a surprise! This movie was a great adventure fantasy movie with a good plot, a coherent universe and sweet characters. Probably the movie was targeted principally for kids but as an adult I never got bored a minute. I think that nowadays we do not have enough of these movies that main purpose is to create a viable alternative universe and allow you travel fro a few hours far away from your place. And <more>
this one does, so don't hesitate if you tired of watching City of Lost children for the 25th time, or you know all the dialogues of Dark City by heart, a must!
I've read quite a few negative reviews but i think some of the people who have read the book need to realise this was a children's film that would no doubt have to be simplified and draw people in from the start. It hasn't had an easy launch either because it's been competing with High School Musical 3, when i went to see it the cinema was empty apart from me because everyone else had gone to see a certain other film.It wasn't great and i am certain that if i had read the book i would have hated it because the characters were not brilliantly written and it was a messy mix <more>
of excellent fantasy sci-fi with the appropriate special effects and corny American generic children's movie. But it was good fun.The girl in it displayed a superb acting performance the general set and costumes and well mise-en-scene in general was excellent and well worth watching just for that.It was good to watch in the cinema and throughly enjoyable if a bit predictable. As i say, generally i liked it.
Young actors save the day for the city (by Jay_Exiomo)
"City of Ember", director Gil Kenan's follow up to his horror-lite for preteens "Monster House", is a fun ride that's well worth the admission price if only for the superb production design and the likable leads.Lina Mayfleet Saoirse Ronan and Doon Harrow Harry Treadaway are two of the inhabitants of the City of Ember - an underground city designed to house humans for two centuries as an unspecified disaster takes place on the surface. But as the 200 years have passed, the generator that powers the city gradually falters, causing more frequent blackouts and <more>
scarce provisions.When no one would listen to them, especially the city mayor - Mayor Cole the effective yet underused Bill Murray - it then becomes up to Lina and Doon to find the exit that leads to the surface, which is infinitely easier in theory than in practice, considering the plethora of puzzles and riddles they would have to solve.Without having read the film's source material - Jeanne Duprau's novel - there's no way I can say if the script holds up to the narrative of its literary counterpart, but here's where the film mainly falters. The film feels like a rushed end product crammed to fit within the confines of a typical family flick. Exposition is kept in the sidelines and character development seems more of a ploy to advance the plot than genuine attempts in sculpting something more than cardboard-cut supporting characters.But despite the narrative faults, Kenan imbues such a magical quality to the dank environment. And for a film lacking impressive turns from its more mature and established actors including Tim Robbins as Doon's father , upcoming stars Ronan and Treadaway's animated performances save the day, right from a sweeping introduction of the claustrophobic city to a touching finale that finally affirms the characters' quest for light amidst the darkness.
My 11 year old son and I enjoyed this movie very much, perhaps because neither of us has read the book. Visually it was a treat to visit Ember, a handmade city with no cars, creative clothing and houses and a community where everyone knows you. It just looked so interesting. The movie got off to a quick start, giving just enough back-story to get the mystery of the plot going. I think it is predictable from the beginning that the kids will find a way out, but how they piece together the clues and the specifics of their escape are unravelled in exciting bits and pieces. The suspense worked on <more>
two levels- will they find the way out before the City collapses- and will they find the way out before "the law" stops them? While all the actors did a fine job, I particularly enjoyed Saoirse as Lina. And the girls who played Poppy were adorable. My son said the same thing as other reviewers about the end- he would have liked to have seen the whole town pouring out into the light.