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City of Ember (2008)

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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.

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When mankind is about to come to an end, a group of scientists decide to create and populate a city deep underground. The city of Ember is to last for 200 years after which its inhabitants are to retrieve from a strong box instructions to return to the surface. Over time however, the message is lost and life in Ember is rapidly deteriorating. Their power supply is failing and food is being rationed. It's left to two young adults to unearth the secret of Ember and to lead the way out. Written by garykmcd

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Rated PG for mild peril and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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10 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Cidade das Sombras  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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£496,909 (UK) (10 October 2008)

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$7,871,693 (USA) (9 January 2009)
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The live action debut for director Gil Kenan. His actual film debut, Monster House (2006) was motion capture animated. See more »

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The scene where Doon is watching the boat follow its track, the boat automatically launches into the water. Yet when the three get into the boat, the boat does not launch until Doon pulls a lever. See more »

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[after Granny passes away, Lina and Poppy have to move into Mrs. Murdo's place. Mrs. Murdo shows them a clean room with a single bed]
Mrs. Murdo: You and Poppy have to share, but I think the bed's big enough. Poppy, let's make some dinner and get your sister get settled.
[Lina, with a box of her belongings in her arms, stares unhappily at her new room]
Mrs. Murdo: [Cut to the dinner scene, when there are rumblings from below and bits of ceiling falling from above]
Mrs. Murdo: [...]
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #5.41 (2008) See more »

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well, I quite liked it
27 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've read quite a few negative reviews but i think some of the people who have read the book need to realise this was a children's film that would no doubt have to be simplified and draw people in from the start. It hasn't had an easy launch either because it's been competing with High School Musical 3, when i went to see it the cinema was empty apart from me because everyone else had gone to see a certain other film.

It wasn't great and i am certain that if i had read the book i would have hated it because the characters were not brilliantly written and it was a messy mix of excellent fantasy sci-fi with the appropriate special effects and corny American generic children's movie. But it was good fun.

The girl in it displayed a superb acting performance the general set and costumes and well mise-en-scene in general was excellent and well worth watching just for that.

It was good to watch in the cinema and throughly enjoyable if a bit predictable. As i say, generally i liked it.


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