City of Ember

  • PG
  • Gil Kenan (2008)
  • US
  • 90 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Young leads Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) and Harry Treadaway (Control) shine among the established talent of Bill Murray, Tim Robbins and Martin Landau in this flawed but watchable post-apocalypse fantasy. Based on the first book in Jeanne DuPrau's bestselling trilogy, the story is set some 200 years after an unspecified disaster has driven underground the few surviving remnants of mankind. Despite the positive spin put out by its leader, Mayor Cole (Murray), the subterranean city is in crisis and its power source is failing. Lina Mayfleet (Ronan) and Doon Harrow (Treadaway) believe that the outside world holds the key to their survival, but must first piece together clues left by the city's founding fathers. The second film from Monster House director Gil Kenan is brimming with ideas but is hampered by a plodding storyline, an uneven tone and below-par visual effects. Yet its ambitions are to be admired and go some way in making up for the movie's occasional failings.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway and Bill Murray, based on a best-selling children's book. Graduating classmates Lina and Doon embark on a quest to prevent a cataclysmic power outage in a world where humanity has retreated underground.

Cast and crew

Cast

Lina Mayfleet
Saoirse Ronan
Doon Harrow
Harry Treadaway
Mayor Cole
Bill Murray
Loris Harrow
Tim Robbins
Sul
Martin Landau
Barton Snode
Toby Jones
Mrs Murdo
Mary Kay Place
Clary
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Looper
Mackenzie Crook
Granny
Liz Smith

Crew

Director
Gil Kenan

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Guidance: 
Edited for violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 10 Oct 2008
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Entertainment in Video Ltd
Categories
Childrens
Drama

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