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City of Ember

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable movie. April 2 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Wouldn't show it to small children. There are a few scary scenes. The metaphor of how our society has lost its way from the instructions left by our ancestors is particularly relevant. Would recommend it, and it's a movie you can actually watch more than once.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars-for this enjoyable family movie March 9 2012
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
City of Ember(released Oct/08)stars veterans Bill Murray as the mayor of Embro,Martin Landau as Sul and Tim Robbins as Mr.Harrow.The newcomers and the focus of the movie has Harry Treadaway as Doon Harrow and Saoirse Ronan as Lina Mayfleet.Tom Hanks production company obtained the rights to the 2003 DuPrau novel of the same name and co-produced the movie.The film has quite the plot but there are alot of unanswered questions that the film glosses over.However this movie aims for the smaller fry(younger than 12)so any quibbling on details is moot at best.
The plot involves the small town of Embro,that is an oasis of light in the darkness.It is forbidden to go out into the dark and one can be arrested for such a transgression.The city's founders 200 years before left special instructions for the future inhabitants of Embro for the equipment failure that would eventually occur.The movie begins here and the instructions,put into a special box,have been handed down by each succeeding mayor.However the box at one point became "lost",and 200 years later the city's electrical generators are failing.Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow stumble upon the missing box that contains the clues both must piece together in order to save Embro and its inhabitants.
The eventual answers to the giant puzzle the two piece together contain more questions than answers,which is readily apparent to adults watching.But as I said this is geared towards the younger set who will let the movie off the hook and accept things as they are,where an adult would not.The film has a solid cast but the plot,as interesting as it does get,is nothing to write home about and is just average fare for this genre of film.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Greatly Disappointed Aug. 17 2009
Format:DVD
As with many movie adaptations from books, this one also left out details I felt were important as well, added in new ones. The scene in the movie when Doon and Lina find the canoes is TOTALLY different in the book. It is a shame with such a fabulous story line, the producer(s) of the movie missed important details that made the book so special.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Movie Feb. 26 2009
Format:DVD
This was my sister's pick one night at the video store. I wasn't expecting much but as the credit started to roll I noticed the Tom Hanks production "Play Tone" produced this film and my attention was peaked. I was very pleasantly surprised as I thoroughly enjoy the entire movie. There was nothing inappropriate for young children an all around great movie.
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