Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Movie Review: City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Theme: Steampunk (April 8-11, 2011)

Today's Book of the Day is:

Book Summary:

The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she's sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.

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Movie Review:

 I haven't read the book yet, so I can't tell you what I think about the adaptation but I can tell you what I think about the movie in it's own right... 

I thought it was great! The ideas here are presented in a straightforward and easy to understand matter which I think makes it great both for kids (teens) and adults. Here we have Lina who only ever wanted to be a messanger when she reached her "Assignment Day" but is assigned to work in the pipes and Doon who wants to be engineer but is assigned as a messanger. How does "the man" choose for them? He literally puts all the jobs in a bag and makes the kid pick out a piece of paper telling them what they are going to do for the rest of their lives. Both decide to switch jobs with one another as they take their fates into their own hands.

Then we have the corrupt mayor who needs to be put into his place, a failing underground city with food rations dwindling down, and scarey creatures warning those who'd try to go aboveground that's it's not safe yet. There is really so many interesting things about the world created here and a lot of lessons that could be learned from this movie. Then there is the bright and vivid colours, great character development, and just..awesomeness. The movie itself might not be steampunk-y enough for some, but there is a fair amount at the very end that will leave movie watchers wanting more! 

I don't really have a rating scale for movies, but if I had to give a rating for this movie I'd give it at least a 4/5.

Watch the trailer below:

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Thanks for reading, and have a great day.

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