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City of Ember

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Original title
City of Ember
Running time
95 min.
United States United States
Caroline Thompson (Book: Jeanne Duprau)
Andrew Lockington
Xavier Pérez Grobet
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Playtone / Walden Media
Adventure. Fantasy | Steampunk. Young Adult
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Synopsis / Plot
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.
Critics' reviews
  • "A powerful performance needs an equivalent screenplay. In “City of Ember,” Saoirse Ronan has nothing to work with."
  • "To be fair, 'City of Ember' would probably entertain younger viewers, if they haven't already been hopelessly corrupted by high-powered sci-fi on TV and video. It's innocent and sometimes kind of charming. The sets are entertaining. (...) Rating: ★★½ (out of four)."
  • "An impressive and imaginative fantasy."
  • "It's not an entirely convincing trip, but it is the sort of satisfying movie you wished they would make more often."
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