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.
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Director Gil Kenan's sophomore feature after the inventive animated 'Monster House' is this bland, muddled fantasy. As inventive as the visual design is, the plot moves way too fast, never slowing down to develop characters, suspense, or an intriguing mystery. A cast of great character actors including Martin Landau, Tim Robbins, and Toby Jones are wasted in underwritten roles - though Bill Murray thoroughly steals h
There is an atmosphere and a storytelling that is reminiscent of Jeunet. And there's also a fable quality to it, that makes it more than a sci-fi experiment. The story is quite good, and is really well told, it unfolds beatifully and is visually achieved. There are paralels with The Village (2004), and with Logan's Run (1976). And even, we might add, with Kusturica's Underground. Screen them all together? What fun...
good setting, good Saoirse Ronan, yet bloody ruined by awful script, awful editing, that barely leave any plots watchable. It's watching a long trailer, where Nancy Drew and her boyfriend run amok in rags.
Good art direction and Murray's a lot of fun but the entire "system" that was put in place is so ridiculously convoluted. It's an expensive, time-consuming and dangerous Rube Goldberg machine when a door would suffice.
I really liked this movie, even though I felt as if though the scenes in the middle part of the movie were cut off due to the time limit or smth and CGI was kinda awful at the end :P However, it has Jeunet like atmosphere and I just fell in love in a movie as if I were a 10yr old kid :D