City of Ember Poster

Release Date: October 10th, 2008

DVD Release Date: January 20th, 2009

PG|1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary
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: Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Martin Landau, Toby Jones, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Mary Kay Place

Director: Gil Kenan

Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Production Co: Playtone Productions, Walden Media

Keywords: Survival, Quest, Rescue, Friend, Dark, Suspenseful

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A fun and moving family film with a subtly dark feel rarely seen in kids' movies since the '80s, City of Ember succeeds despite its shortcomings, not only because of its fun and inspiring story, but because most of its flaws are things kids won't notice anyway. show more

  • All the running, the hiding, the escaping (from giant moles, from giant Murray) are decidedly less exciting, and compelling, than City of Ember wants to be. show more

  • Stalls at the intersection of fantasy and science fiction. show more

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