Discover the Secret
Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Martin Landau, Toby Jones, Mary Kay Place
|Screenplay||Caroline Thompson, from the book by Jeanne Duprau|
|Cinematography||Xavier Pérez Grobet|
|Editing||Adam P. Scott, Zach Staenberg|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS|
|SA distributor||Nu Metro|
|Produced by||Playtone, Walden Media|
|Genre||Fantasy, horror, adventure|
|Comments||A curious genre piece involving adventure, fantasy and some horror menace. Parental guidance and supervision strongly recommended for sensitive children.|
|These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.|
|Sex / Nudity
||Blood / Gore / Gross
|Guns / Weapons
||Alcohol / Drugs
||Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
|Frightening / Tense Scenes
||Tense Family Scenes
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What the Critics say
|Cape Argus / The Star|
|Chicago Sunday Times|
Roger Ebert City of Ember would probably entertain younger viewers, if they haven't already been hopelessly corrupted by high-powered sci-fi on TV and video. It's innocent and sometimes kind of charming.
Kieran Grant Even while Lina and Doon’s quest drums up a faint inner cheer, the sense that director Gil Kenan can’t find a satisfying way to complete the tale doesn’t do much to mitigate the blatant metaphor for ecological doom.
James Berardinelli City of Ember has almost anything one could want from a science fiction-based family adventure film: likeable characters, an imaginative setting, and a fast pace.
C. Fuchs While most of us aren't looking for an exciting and adventurous solution and conclusion to our current chaotic state and instead would appreciate a calm and measured approach, that's the antithesis of what we're looking for in a film. Unfortunately, there's little excitement or overall entertainment value to be found in City of Ember.
Tomatometer City of Ember is visually arresting, and boasts a superb cast, but is sadly lacking in both action and adventure.
What the People say
1739 Netizens Fading Ember
Average .. 54%