City of Ember

City of Ember

DVD - 2008
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When an underground city begins to run low on resources, two teenagers search to escape above.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2008
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen, full screen
Branch Call Number: JDVD MOVIE C
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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lucyowen
Nov 12, 2017

A good movie, but quite different from the book series. I was a little disappointed when I watched it, but it's worthwhile. Would recommend for someone wanting an adventure movie starring kids, but would not recommend to someone who has read the book series and wants to try out the film.

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21221018293347
Aug 23, 2017

Good teen fantasy. I love it when children are the heros in a movie.

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SandraLH
Jun 25, 2017

Creative, enjoyable fantasy. Good cast of characters. Toby Jones seems to pop up everywhere! Been waiting for the paperback to come available at the library.

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Candona
Feb 13, 2017

I have not read the book, which gives me a different perspective on the movie from reviewers so far. The plot does tell a story but I suspect the movie is too short to do justice to the book, which is not unusual. Given that you probably can't cover all scenes in a book they probably should have blended some together so they could spend time giving the characters more depth and a better flow to the story. The movie reminded me a bit of the Dune movie which really seemed to be a movie covering isolated scenes in the book rather than a story-telling medium on its own. This one was more complete but they then dedicated 1 minute to a scene needing 5 minutes, and they suddenly jumped to the next. The scenery is mostly well done although the CGI is obviously CGI. All in all it's a bit of a shallow rush.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 30, 2016

The City of Ember is a great book turned movie, and honestly does a good job portraying the many characters from the book and the overall story. The movie itself is colorful and intriguing for all ages, with its different yet familiar concepts and the entire world which the people find themselves in. This film tells a  great story and follows the core concept of the story, and even though it can get dark at times it always comes back to being a fun story which the entire family can enjoy. Overall, this is a great movie which can be shared with the whole family, making a great movie night. - @Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Bakergirl_13
Jun 07, 2016

great movie! definitely reflects the work of the producers of Journey to the Center of the Earth.

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blue_dolphin_4400
Jan 04, 2016

Okay movie, but all of the action and suspense were saved until the very end of the movie. The actors seemed a bit too old for the movie. Doon (Harry Treadaway) was played by a 24 year old actor whereas as Lina (Saoirse Ronan) was played by a 14 year old actress.

yolo2468 Aug 12, 2015

this seems like a good movie. I wanna watch it!

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jabojaws
Feb 19, 2015

this movie is the best

AladarNyc Jan 31, 2015

Good backseat DVD for the younger kids, but weak special effects might bore older siblings.

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Kitsune232
Jul 22, 2016

Kitsune232 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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blue_dolphin_4400
Jan 04, 2016

blue_dolphin_4400 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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jabojaws
Feb 19, 2015

jabojaws thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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MAJDD
Feb 08, 2015

MAJDD thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Allegiant
Feb 16, 2014

Allegiant thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 1

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blue_butterfly_922
Jan 22, 2014

blue_butterfly_922 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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iicanada
Aug 29, 2013

iicanada thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 2

BellaXRich Jul 30, 2013

BellaXRich thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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elijahn
Feb 09, 2013

elijahn thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99

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mysccl
Aug 26, 2012

mysccl thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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Bakergirl_13
Jun 07, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A ginormous mole chases people and ends up locked in a room with one person. I'll leave the rest for you to figure out (don't worry - we don't see anything :)

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blue_dolphin_4400
Jan 04, 2016

Violence: Pushing and kicking.

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blue_dolphin_4400
Jan 04, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Hideous Star-nosed mole

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elijahn
Feb 09, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: huge star nosed mole

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elijahn
Feb 09, 2013

Sexual Content: none

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elijahn
Feb 09, 2013

Violence: pushing and shoving

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elijahn
Feb 09, 2013

Coarse Language: none

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mysccl
Aug 26, 2012

Other: Kids adventure

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AlcoolismSteve
Apr 20, 2013

In the midst of a nuclear war, the Builders of the underground "City of Ember" place secret instructions to future generations in a small box, timed to open in 200 years. The box is entrusted the mayor of the underground complex. Each mayor, in turn, passes the box onto his or her successor. When the box has 47 more years left on the time-lock, the mayor holding the box dies suddenly. The significance of the box had not been explained to anyone else, and the mayor's family places it in a junk-filled closet. When 200 years have passed, the time-lock clicks the box open, but the event goes unnoticed.

For generations, the people of Ember have lived in a huge underground complex built as a refuge for humanity. It is built into a vast cavern so high that it is filled with regular-sized buildings. Far above the tops of the buildings are banks of floodlights that light the city during the day and provide light for the greenhouses. The lights are powered by a massive generator. Now it is year 247 and Ember threatens to fall into darkness as the generator begins to fail. Blackouts are occurring with increasing frequency and last longer each time. The reserves of canned goods and light bulbs are becoming depleted. Much of the knowledge about how to utilize and repair the systems necessary for the city's survival has also slowly been lost over succeeding generations.

At a rite of passage for all graduating students called Assignment Day, the mayor (Bill Murray) stands before the graduating students as they choose, by lottery, what their occupations will be. Lina (Saoirse Ronan), a young girl dreaming to be a messenger, is assigned to be a "Pipeworks Laborer" and Doon (Harry Treadaway) is assigned "Messenger". The two swap occupations despite the fact that is it prohibited. Lina goes home to find her grandmother searching for something in the closet, which turns out to be the lost metal box. Unable to piece the torn papers inside the box together, Lina nevertheless resolves to decipher their meaning and enlists Doon's help. As blackouts become more frequent, Lina and Doon realize that the information inside the box could lead to the salvation of Ember. Racing against time, the two follow the clues, and eventually come into conflict with the mayor and other corrupt politicians.

During their flight, it turns out that their parents had once joined in an attempt to make their way beyond Ember - an attempt which ended when Lina's father drowned after their tunneler hit an underground river. The pair realizes the document is a set of instructions on how to escape the city, and they search for the hidden exit. They also discover that the mayor has been hoarding canned food in a secret room. When they report the theft, they are declared traitors. Now on the run from the mayor's police, the pair puts their escape plan into action. They fetch Poppy, Lina's younger sister, and follow the instructions, which leads them to the surface where they see and feel the natural air and sky for the first time. At first, they despair, because it is dark and they assume that they have not escaped, but they do not realize it is night time. In the morning, as the sun rises, they gaze in amazement at the glowing sun and blue sky. They then tie a message of their discovery to a rock and drop it back down to the city, where it is found by Doon's father (Tim Robbins).

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mysccl
Aug 26, 2012

Kids adventure story to rescue people of an underground dark city.

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violetcat_aic
Feb 27, 2012

Lina Mayfleet lives in an underground city which was constructed to save the human race. The builders who constructed this underground city sent down instructions in a locked box, set to open in 200 years. The box was given to the mayor who was to pass it to the next mayor, and so forth. But as it was passed from mayor to mayor the box is lost and forgotten. 200 years passes, and the city is breaking down and running out of supplies. It is up to Lina and her friend Doon Harrow to save the city and all of it's inhabitants.

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blue_dolphin_4400
Jan 04, 2016

Doon Harrow: My dad made this.
Lina Mayfleet: It doesn't look very safe.
Doon Harrow: That's my dad.

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iamlord_voldemort
Sep 19, 2013

Doon! The guards are here! You trader! Their coming to get you!
-Loris Harrow

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mysccl
Aug 26, 2012

Decent movie.not as great as Harry potter/ jumanji

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