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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.

Director:

Gil Kenan

Writers:

Caroline Thompson (screenplay), Jeanne Duprau (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Saoirse Ronan ... Lina Mayfleet
David Ryall ... Chief Builder
Harry Treadaway ... Doon Harrow
Mary Kay Place ... Mrs. Murdo
Tim Robbins ... Loris Harrow
Bill Murray ... Mayor Cole
Mackenzie Crook ... Looper
Toby Jones ... Barton Snode
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Liam Burke Liam Burke ... Mr. Boaz
Brid Ni Chionaola Brid Ni Chionaola ... Seely Schnap
Maureen Dow Maureen Dow ... Mrs. Sample
Lucinda Dryzek ... Lizzie Bisco
Lorraine Hilton Lorraine Hilton ... Miss Thorn
B.J. Hogg B.J. Hogg ... Mayor's Guard
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ... Clary
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Storyline

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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Escape Is The Only Option See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cidade das Sombras See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,129,473, 12 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,873,007, 15 January 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,929,684
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Playtone, Walden Media See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lucas Cruikshank was asked to advertise the film on YouTube. He did so, pasting his face on the characters in the trailer with clips from previous videos. He also made a video which takes place on the City of Ember set. Saoirse Ronan makes a guest appearance in this video. See more »

Goofs

(at around 14 mins) When Lina Mayfleet receives her red messenger poncho she puts it on quickly and Captain Fleery begins lacing it up. He never finishes, but when Lina pauses at the door to recite the protocol, it is more fully laced up. See more »

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Captain Fleery: Stop! I need to tell you the rules. One: When a customer...
Lina Mayfleet: Gives you a message, repeat it back to make sure you've got it right. Two: Always wear the red cape so people can identify you. Three: Our customers pay 20 coins for every message no matter how far we have to carry it, so go fast. I love going fast.
Captain Fleery: Very good. I'm impressed. Now go!
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Mayor's Fanfare
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Original and Engaging Adventure
14 November 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the end of mankind on Earth, the scientists build a self-sufficient underground city for a few people to preserve the human race for two hundred years. They leave also instructions for the future generations to return the surface of the planet in a steel box that should be kept by the mayors through the generations. However, the instructions are lost and the inhabitants stay in the city that is completely deteriorated. The power generator has problems and the blackouts are longer and more frequent and the city is running out of food that needs to be rationed. On the Assignment Day, the teenagers Lina Mayfleet (Saoirse Ronan) and Doon Harrow (Harry Treadaway) are assigned to work with the pipework and as messenger, but they swap their job positions. Lina, who is the descendant of the seventh mayor, finds the box of instructions in the house of her grandmother and shows it to her friend Doon. They decide to explore the way out of the city and they discover that the corrupt major and his henchmen are stealing food of the population. When they are hunted by the major's hoodlums, they have to find the way out of Ember to survive and save the populations from the imminent darkness and end of the city.

"City of Ember" is an original and engaging adventure and it was a great surprise for me. The dark city is a sort of combination of the environment of "Brazil, the Movie" and "Metropolis". The cast has names like Martin Landau, Tim Robbins and a hilarious Bill Murray that performs the typical politician, corrupt, selfish and manipulative. Unfortunately the fate of politicians in real world is not the same of his character. However, the unknown Saoirse Ronan steals the movie with a great performance. It is irritating the repetitive type of review that tells the obvious ("the book was better and better"). My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Cidade das Sombras" ("City of the Shadows")


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