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City Of Ember [DVD]

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  • Actors: Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Catherine Quinn
  • Directors: Gil Kenan
  • Producers: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Caroline Thompson
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LNW2IS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,825 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Family sci-fi adventure starring Bill Murray and Tim Robbins. The City of Ember is an underground city built to last 200 years to house humankind following an unspecified disaster. However, the 200-year mark has been and gone and the city is running low on food and energy. The technological knowledge from the original builders of the city has been lost and disregarded, and generations of corrupt officialdom have added to the deterioration of the once flourishing community. When two teenagers, Lina Mayfleet (Saoirse Ronan) and Doon Harrow (Harry Treadaway), uncover the precious box of instructions left behind by the city's builders generations before, they decide to brave the darkness and set out on a mission to save their dying city.

Synopsis

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. Now, two teenagers in a race against time, must search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city's existence, and help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever.

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I rented this film the other day having not read the books (or heard about them at all).
My choice was based on the cast (Tim Robbins, Martin Landau, Toby Jones and Bill Murray amongst many others)- I'm also a fan of fantasy/magic/escapist stories.

I was NOT disappointed. The cast was predictably excellent, in particular the two young leads. The story itself was unoriginal in its premise but gripping nonetheless.
Most of all what made the film for me was the strange city of Ember itself. I loved the idea of an underground city depending on its generator to survive. It was visually a lovely film and the last few scenes were very moving. Oh, and the voiceover was perfect.

As far as the beginning being slow- I didn't find that at all. The beginning sets the scene for the story to unfold and introduces the viewer to the city- the mayor, the way the kids are apprenticed, their day to day life, their job etc.

All in all I was hooked and am now in the process of buying the books!
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I liked the idea of this film from the start...but ideas don't always translate into good films. This one does.

The characters were deep, lovable, and even their human failings understandable.

The film is magical from start to finish and kept me wanting more. The final section of the film was exciting, and I found myself by turns excited, mystified and worried - an ending more action packed than I could have hoped.

Truly a joy.
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City of Ember takes place in the fictional City of Ember - Although that is sort of infered in the title. Based on the 2003 Novel of the same name: The City of Ember

Ember was a Utopia created by a group of well meaning scientists with the view to creating a society that existed away from the outside word, shielding it from an unexplained disaster. The story follows Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow as they attempt to escape from a Ember that has devolved into a dystopia - Running out of power with food supplies at a near exhausted level. However the secret of how to escape is now long forgotten, and the society is naively allowing the gluttonous Mayor Cole, played brilliantly by Bill Murray, to explain away the ever increasing power cuts plaguing the city with half-truths.

A joy to watch, with each scene packed with intricate detail, transitions beautifully to Blu-Ray. The special features are very worth watching giving an insight into the creation of the movie, with interviews from cast and crew.

This film is a kids movie, but any adult who was dragged by the children to see it can tell you that at no point during the movie does it feel like the content has been dumbed down for a younger audience. Well worth a watch.
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It is a honest, solid science fiction/adventure film, targeting mostly young public, but also watchable for adults. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

With an unspecified catastrophe destroying human civilisation, a huge underground shelter was build to harbor a group of survivors - the "City of Ember". The city is built into a vast underground cavern and is filled with conventionally sized buildings and houses - the lights of this place are powered by a massive generator. But the city is now 241 years old - and it is slowly decaying. As generator begins to fail blackouts are occurring - and the reserves of canned goods and light bulbs are becoming depleted.

The Mayor (Bill Murray), a guy both clueless AND ruthless (the worst possible combination) is unable to cope with this crisis - but is quite competent at preventing anyone of doing anything... There are however two teenagers, Doon Harrow (Harry Treadaway) and especially Lina Mayfleet (Saoirse Ronan), who want to do something for their dying city, even if they don't know yet what...

Lina, being a descendant of one of early Mayors of City of Ember, comes from what is the higher strates in this underground society, when Doon on another hand is clearly working class - but they are nevertheless good friends and quickly become "partners in crime", when they start investigating some clues from the distant past, which the Mayor wants to remain hidden... I will not say more about the story.

This is not a bad film and I watched it with pleasure. Some really good actors play here, as other than Bill Murray we have Tim Robbins, Martin Landau and Toby Jones.
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Format: Blu-ray
The Earths surface has become inhabitable and the only way the humen race will survive is to live in a massive city called Ember, which is many miles underground for 200 years. The builders of the city entrusted the mayor with a box that had a count down for 200 years and when it reaches zero it would open with instructions on how to exit Ember to the Earths surface. The box gets past on from mayor to mayor but over time the box got forgotton and lost. The city of Ember keeps on having blackouts as the city's massive power generator begins to fail and it won't be long before their city is plunged into darkness forever! Bill Murray plays a sinister mayor and does'nt care about anyone but himself. Will anyone find the box before the power generator fails and will the Earths surface be liveable or not. Trust me you would'nt want to bump into a mole down in the city of Ember or the moths either. Overall City Of Ember is a very entertaining film with a great story and the Blu-ray transfer is topnotch too.
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