City of Ember (PG)

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Oct 7 2008

Gil Kenan’s scary animated movie ‘Monster House’ acknowledged its young audience’s ability to engage with a surprisingly grown-up story. This dystopian sci-fi adventure also refuses to talk down to the ‘family’ audience. Its fluid visual storytelling draws us into Ember’s subterranean world, where 12-year-old Lina (Saoirse Ronan) and her friend Doon (Harry Treadaway) scrabble to survive. The orphaned Lina also has to care for her doolally grandmother (Liz Smith) and her cute baby sister Poppy.

Presiding over this makeshift community is Mayor Cole (Bill Murray), who is too busy slurping tinned fish to bother with the city’s imminent demise. But messenger Lina and pipe-fixer Doon know that the lights are about to dim for ever. In a race against time, they pit themselves against the smug Mayor, his smarmy flunky Barton Snode (Toby Jones) and his rat-like henchman Looper (Mackenzie Crook). Other obstacles include Doon’s fatalistic inventor father (Tim Robbins) and, when they venture into the forbidden hinterlands, a fearsome giant mole.
There are mysteries to be solved, but Lina and Doon have no idea what lays beyond Ember. Its myopic citizens have long since forgotten the teachings of their founding fathers, who created this city as a refuge from some surface-level calamity.

So as the exciting, theme-park-ride finale flings the children towards an unknown future, their excitement is tinged with fear. Adapted from Jeanne Duprau’s novel by ‘Edward Scissorhands’ writer Caroline Thompson, this seriously entertaining film celebrates the idea that, despite their elders’ complacency, the young will find the strength to imagine a better future for themselves.
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PG

UK release:

Fri Oct 10, 2008

Duration:

95 mins

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Faller

kLa ko nung una booorriiinnng...'peroa maganda pLa ung kwento...'cLa ang mga taong gs2ng lumabas sa kadiLiman 'at pmunta sa isang lugar na my liwanag at dun magsimula ng panibagong bukas...'

Faller

kLa ko nung una booorriiinnng...'peroa maganda pLa ung kwento...'cLa ang mga taong gs2ng lumabas sa kadiLiman 'at pmunta sa isang lugar na my liwanag at dun magsimula ng panibagong bukas...'

Parvinder&#039;s Mum

Oi you two stop arguing! can you help th man out with the bubble lawnmwer query tat is much more on the subject! and just a bit of advise for that poor man turnips are dangerous if not cooked for long enough!

Parvinder&#039;s Mum

Oi you two stop arguing! can you help th man out with the bubble lawnmwer query tat is much more on the subject! and just a bit of advise for that poor man turnips are dangerous if not cooked for long enough!

Maureen

Ahh im glad this subject was brought up, my son has said they are dangerous if used incorrectly but not as dangerous as tornadoes. He would know as he is 15 years of age

Maureen

Ahh im glad this subject was brought up, my son has said they are dangerous if used incorrectly but not as dangerous as tornadoes. He would know as he is 15 years of age

The Whittle Family

Though missed the start by a minute or two, the film built into an enjoyable experience and beautifully told. Bill Murray was brilliant as ever but the young cast did very well. My son, of 9, was a little scared at times but the young Poppy kept his attention, commenting how cute she was. My daughter of 11 loved the story, as she had to think about the events in the film to understand the world presented before her. I would thoroughly recommend this film for families though I would say your children need to be around over 7or 8.

The Whittle Family

Though missed the start by a minute or two, the film built into an enjoyable experience and beautifully told. Bill Murray was brilliant as ever but the young cast did very well. My son, of 9, was a little scared at times but the young Poppy kept his attention, commenting how cute she was. My daughter of 11 loved the story, as she had to think about the events in the film to understand the world presented before her. I would thoroughly recommend this film for families though I would say your children need to be around over 7or 8.

treaclebob

Went to see it again. Just as good second time around, however cinema almost empty. Noone seems to know or have heard about it. It seems to be more popular with audiences than with critics but they have to know about it to go and see it. Final scenes were shot near my house!!

treaclebob

Went to see it again. Just as good second time around, however cinema almost empty. Noone seems to know or have heard about it. It seems to be more popular with audiences than with critics but they have to know about it to go and see it. Final scenes were shot near my house!!

Madison

well im well past being a child and I still enjoyed it thanks to the great cast. The sets are attractive, Bill murray is his usual deadpan best, Harry Treadaway looks gorgeous every time he is on screen. pity about the dodgy fake american accents and about 5 mins of pretty awful CGI.

Madison

well im well past being a child and I still enjoyed it thanks to the great cast. The sets are attractive, Bill murray is his usual deadpan best, Harry Treadaway looks gorgeous every time he is on screen. pity about the dodgy fake american accents and about 5 mins of pretty awful CGI.

treaclebob

Highly enjoyable, fantastic sets, Bill Murray struck the right note but there were some leaps in the action and dialogue that suggested heavy editing. Recommend for 7 - 14 yr olds.

treaclebob

Highly enjoyable, fantastic sets, Bill Murray struck the right note but there were some leaps in the action and dialogue that suggested heavy editing. Recommend for 7 - 14 yr olds.

Paula

Brought 4 children aged 10 - 16 to this film, all really enjoyed it. Visually it ia brilliant. Overall very entertaining.

Paula

Brought 4 children aged 10 - 16 to this film, all really enjoyed it. Visually it ia brilliant. Overall very entertaining.