City of Ember

City of Ember

Gil Kenan (2008)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


An underground city is built to allow the human race to survive a disaster, with the intention that the population will return to the surface 200 years later. The deadline is nearly up, but the people have forgotten how they got there or how to make anything work. Two teenagers try to find a way to the surface before the city's resources finally run out. Fantasy adventure, with Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Bill Murray and Tim Robbins.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Gil Kenan
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Edited for Violence. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Oct 2008
Drama Children's