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FILM DETAILS
Certificate TBC
Cast
Bill Murray
Tim Robbins
Saoirse Ronan
Martin Landau
Mackenzie Crook
Toby Jones
Mary Kay Place
Harry Treadaway
Directors
Gil Kenan
Screenwriters
Caroline Thompson
Running Time
90 minutes

City Of Ember
Gil Kenan goes from Monster House to Monster City


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City Of Ember

Plot
Ember is an underground city, lit only by electric lamps, whose inhabitants have no mobile light sources — including even fire. The darkness beyond, they believe, extends forever. But their power supply is running out. Ember is falling apart. And young messenger Lina (Ronan) and pipe worker Doon (Treadaway) are looking for the exit.


Verdict
With Ember’s hydro-electro-punk charms, Kenan’s convinced us he’s one of Hollywood’s most exciting (and excited!) visualists. But on the evidence of this, his storytelling skills still need honing.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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