Rating Explanation: for mild peril and some thematic elements.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: Featuring an outstanding cast, this visually beautiful action adventure is a real treat for the whole family.
Saoirse Ronan ... Lina Mayfleet
Harry Treadaway ... Doon Harrow
Tim Robbins ... Loris Harrow
Bill Murray ... Mayor Cole
Toby Jones ... Barton Snode
Lucinda Dryzek ... Lizzie Bisco
Matt Jessup ... Joss
Lara McIvor ... Roner
Mary Kay Place ... Mrs. Murdo
Martin Landau ... Sul
City of Ember
For the residents of
the city of Ember, these are troubled times. The massive generator that
keeps the town functioning is failing and Mayor Cole (Bill Murray "Rushmore") is at a loss for answers. A bumbling bureaucrat through and through,
he'd rather maintain order than find a workable solution. Two young
members of the community, Doon Harrow (Harry Treadaway "Control") and Lina Mayfleet (Saoirse Ronan "Atonement"), don't want to give up. Doon wants his father (Tim Robbins "Bull Durham") and an elderly co-worker Sul (Martin Landau "Crimes and Misdemeaners") to help him get to the damaged energy source. Mayfleet discovers a strange
box which may hold a key to saving the day. Unfortunately, a secret group of city leaders may be trying to undermine any effort to bring the city back from the brink.
Animator-turned-filmmaker Gil Kenan
("Monster House"), has directed this weird world of contraptions and contradictions based on the
bestselling young adult novels of Jeanne Duprau. With a wonderful script by Caroline Thompson and excellent performances from a committed cast, the film has the potential to become the first of a whole series of family classics. But it's just as likely to be misunderstood, maligned and avoided. The subjects of death, disaster, and personal
disappointment may just turn off the potential youthful audience who read the novels. Still, by the time "City of Ember" reaches its action-oriented climax, you will
believe in the newfound courage of Lina and Doone and be rooting for their success. With its outstanding cast, this visually beautiful action adventure is a real treat for the whole family.