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At the end of mankind on Earth, the scientists build a self-sufficient underground city for a few people in order to preserve the human race for two hundred years. They leave also instructions for the future generations to return to the surface of the planet in a steel box that should be kept by the mayors through the generations. However, the instructions are lost and the inhabitants stay in the city that is completely deteriorated. The power generator has problems and the blackouts are longer and more frequent and the city is running out of food that needs to be rationed. On the Assignment Day, the teenagers Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow are assigned to work with the pipework and as messenger, but they swap their job positions. Lina, who is the descendant of the seventh mayor, finds the box of instructions in the house of her grandmother and shows it to her friend Doon. They decide to explore the way out of the city and they discover that the corrupt major and his henchmen are stealing food from the population. When they are hunted by the major's hoodlums, they have to find the way out of Ember to survive and save the populations from the imminent darkness and the end of the city.
Discover The Secret
Title: City Of Ember
Release Date: September 25, 2008
Runtime: 90 mins
All Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Buried.com Rating: 7.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With C
MPAA Rating: PG
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG for mild peril and some thematic elements.
David Ryall ...Chief Builder
Ian McElhinney ...Builder
Harry Treadaway ...Doon Harrow
Tim Robbins ...Loris Harrow
Bill Murray ...Mayor Cole
B.J. Hogg ...Mayor's Guard
Toby Jones ...Barton Snode
Lucinda Dryzek ...Lizzie Bisco
Matt Jessup ...Joss
Lara McIvor ...Roner
Myles Thompson ...Smat
Eoin McAndrew ...Student #1
Rachel Morton ...Student #2
Conor MacNeill ...Student #3
Lorraine Hilton ...Miss Thorn
Saoirse Ronan ...Lina Mayfleet
Liam Burke ...Mr. Boaz
Mary Kay Place ...Mrs. Murdo
Liz Smith ...Granny
Amy Quinn ...Poppy
Catherine Quinn ...Poppy
Simon Kunz ...Captain Fleery
Martin Landau ...Sul
Frankie McCafferty ...Arbin Swinn
Marianne Jean Baptiste ...Clary
Heathcote Williams ...Sadge Merrall
Mackenzie Crook ...Looper
Maureen Dow ...Mrs. Sample
Becky Stark ...Song Master
Brid Ni Chionaola ...Seely Schnap
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John D. Schofield
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More Movie Taglines:
- Discover The Secret
- Escape Is The Only Option
- Lights out.
- Loris Harrow: [narrating] On the day the world ended, the fate of mankind was carried in a small metal box. In a secret location, architects, scientists and engineers met and concluded that there was only one hope for our future: to build an underground city designed to keep its citizens protected for generations to come. The box was entrusted to the first mayor, who was to pass it on to her successor. As the years counted down, the box passed from mayor to mayor. None knew what secrets it held, only that it would open when it was needed most. But fate ran another course, and the chain was broken. The box was tucked away and forgotten, and as the city grew old and began to crumble, the box quietly clicked open.
Loris Harrow: [narrating] Lina and Doon tied their hope to a rock and tossed it down toward the city. The rock could've ended up on a roof. Or kicked into a gutter. But fate ran another course. And the message found its way. Now the path was clear for all. All of us who kept the flame of Ember burning, through the darkness, so that we could live again on the earth, in the air and the light.
Loris Harrow: [to Doon] Builders were wise when they said, "If you have proof, you have to pursue it! There's more to a bottle cap than keeping liquid from leaking out of glass!"
Doon Harrow: The Builders left instructions. Loris Harrow: The Builders abandoned us. Doon Harrow: No, they didn't. They didn't, Dad. I have proof. Loris Harrow: Show me.
Doon Harrow: Sul, what are you doing up here? Sul: This thing is jammed stuck. I've gotta free it. Doon Harrow: How do you know that's what you should do? Sul: [pause] It's my job!
- 'Ember' is a Hungarian word which means 'man' and 'human' in English.
The word Ember also refers to the embers of a fire, a metaphor for the situation that the characters find themselves in.
Last cinema film of Liz Smith .
The live action debut for director Gil Kenan. His actual film debut, Monster House (2006) was motion capture animated.
The first time Bill Murray and Martin Landau have been in a film together since Ed Wood (1994). And Caroline Thompson, the screenwriter on City of Ember (2008) regularly works with Tim Burton.
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