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City of Ember

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Bill Murray, City of Ember
Keith Hamshere

City of Ember

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
95 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/10/08
performer:
Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Martin Landau, Tim Robbins
director:
Gil Kenan
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
Caroline Thompson
genre:
Kids and Family, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B-

Given the talent involved — producer Tom Hanks, director Gil Kenan (Monster House), screenwriter Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands) — City of Ember should simply be better than the merely good-enough dystopian kids movie that it is. Especially because the elusive Bill Murray pops up, playing the pot-bellied mayor of a dying underground city. He’s fun, and the movie, slathered with grimy color, looks striking (think The City of Lost Children for, well, children). But the story, which follows two kids who try to save their burg from blackouts, isn’t well-executed, losing itself to unclear mythology and sci-fi gibberish. B?

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