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Rated PG · 95 minutes · 2008

Action/Adventure, Family, SciFi/Fantasy
If City of Ember hadn't been based on a best-selling children’s book (by Jeanne Duprau), it probably never would have been made. The movie is unrelentingly dark, both physically and metaphorically, in its imagining of a 200-year-old underground city originally designed to house the survivors of some sort of end-of-the-world scenario. Saoirse Ronan and Harry Treadway play kids determined find a way out of the dystopian hell they’re trapped in. Gil Kenan (Monster House) adequately brings the fantastic to life, but fails to invigorate it with the energy a Tim Burton or Terry Gilliam would have. The result is more dramatic than fun — not quite the balance one wants out of a children’s movie, no matter how entertaining it is (95 min.).
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Director: Gil Kenan
Writer: Jeanne Duprau and Caroline Thompson
Producer: Tom Hanks
Cast: Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Saoirse Ronan, Martin Landau, Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones, Mary Kay Place, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Harry Treadaway and Liz Smith


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