Movie Review: City of Ember

City of Ember

When the underground city of Ember was founded, it was to last 200 years. And a box with instructions for returning to the surface was left with the mayor, to be passed to each following mayor, which would open at the end of the 200 years. But over time, the box was misplaced. Now the city is dying. And it’s up to two children to discover the way out of Ember.

I haven’t read the book that the movie is based upon. So I had no expectations going in. I’ve discovered that this is sometimes best. And I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

The characters were vibrant and eccentric, especially that of the villainous mayor played by Bill Murray. The acting is wonderful, and the intensity of the characters of Lina and Doon quickly pulled me into the story.

The city of Ember itself, was fascinating. And the mystery behind it was enthralling. Though not every question is answered, such as why the city was built. We just have to assume that all, or most, of humanity was wiped out on the surface for some reason. With non-stop adventure and suspense, City of Ember is a treat for viewers of all ages.


I’m not sure why I haven’t heard more about this film. But I’ll certainly be reading the book now. Has anyone else read this or other books in the series?

Doon and Lina

8 thoughts on “Movie Review: City of Ember”

  1. I read the book with the children’s book club at the library. We all really enjoyed it. The reading level is about 4th or 5th grade, but the story is so clever adults will enjoy it, too. There are a few books in the series so far and I think there will be more. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the movie. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

  2. Thank you for your review, my brother is a big fan of the book, but I agree with you, don’t read the book before you see the movie, you’ll only be disappointed. There is always so much more in the book to surprise you after you see the movie, but the other way around, just leads to disappointment.

  3. I recently read the book after seeing the movie trailer. I really enjoyed it and recommend reading it. It’s clearly YA but there’s still plenty there for adults to appreciate. I’ve now bought the second book, but haven’t had time to read it yet.

  4. I haven’t seen the movie yet, though I want to. I really liked the book! You should definitely check it out.

    It’s fun, it had me thinking about things, it was a good read.

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