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City of Ember 2008
PG

  • Gil Kenan
  • October 7, 2008
  • 90 mins
  • English
  • Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Escape is the only option
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, before the the lights go out forever.

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I didn´t know this was based on a book when I choose to watch this but the story had youth-novel printed all over it with two young protagonists. Unfortunately this is only the first part of a story that produced 4 novels in total. The movie wasn´t a success though generating below 20m$ while costing 55m$ which in Hollywood closes the door for sequels.
Which is a shame I guess because of all the youth novel movie adaptations I saw this is one of the best with a story that not only relates to children. They didn´t overstress it in making it a 2.5 hour movie and the production in general is really good.
But it works as a standalone movie with an open ending that leaves you with either your imagination or you take the route of reading the books.

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Great creative story. I think it's mainly for kids, but this was a great movie overall.

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