City of Ember 2008

City of Ember

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City of Ember is visually arresting, and boasts a superb cast, but is sadly lacking in both action and adventure.

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For generations a massive generator has sustained the needs of the underground city of Ember. But the generator was built to last only 200 years, and as its lights start to flicker and fade, it remains to two youths, Lina Mayfleet (Saoirse Ronan) and Doon Harrow (Harry Treadaway), to follow a cryptic series of clues that will restore light to to the place.

Cast & Crew

Saoirse Ronan
Lina Mayfleet
Bill Murray
Mayor Cole
Toby Jones
Barton Snode
Gil Kenan
Director
Tom Hanks
Producer
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer
Martin Laing
Production Design
Xavier Grobet
Cinematographer
Jon Billington
Supervising Art Direction
James Foster
Art Director
Andrew Lockington
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Critic Reviews for City of Ember

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (60)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Mark Holcomb

    Time Out
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  • Murray playing the glutton doesn't exactly fit the bill and for all the architectural care that's gone into Ember's creation, the secret at its heart is no mystery to us, the audience.

    December 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's an unfortunate end to a promising movie.

    November 10, 2008
  • Ultimately, it didn't move me in any way.

    November 10, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Even if it occasionally goes off course, City of Ember provides audiences with a thought-provoking and family-friendly adventure.

    October 10, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
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  • A thrilling adventure tale and teen fantasy that is grounded in real concerns about who is managing the planet.

    October 10, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for City of Ember

  • Sep 24, 2011
    This movie has so much promise for its demographic. The themes, the visuals, the actors... but none of it comes together in a truly compelling manner that would move an older audience. In the end it's a coming-of-age movie full of obvious metaphors, allegory, themes and a cast of two dimensional characters that represent them. It's not bad, a pretty decent entry-level into the SciFi genre for younger generations. But I suppose the inaccessibility of the movie for us "old" folks brought about its own demise.
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2011
    The odd casting choices aside, this film feels like a film destined for the 80s but ended up being made too late. I can normally see where a film failed and this one lies on the shoulders of the director. The transitioning from animation to live action has resulted in a mixed bag and I'm puzzled how this choice was made. The lead actor looks much too old against the other younger actors, this type of casting is everywhere. I'm not sure what type of film they set out to make but it feels like producers had a heavy hand in the post production. There was a lot of potential here and the possible franchise had early death here. Hopefully the book series is worth a look to finish the storyline. 10-11-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2011
    Viewers not already familiar with Jeanne Duprau's 2003 novel will probably not care about the characters in the film nor believe its outlandish plot.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2011
    Very, very weird, but in a good way
    Michael E Super Reviewer

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