EMBER - PREVIEW
of Ember (2008)
Starring: Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Martin Landau, Toby Jones,
Saoirse Ronan, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Harry Treadaway
Director: Gil Kenan
U.S. Opening Date: October 10th, 2008
Two kids struggle to escape from a world of darkness, where there is no
moon, no stars and the only source of illumination comes from giant flood
lights that shine for twelve hours at a time.
For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an
amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is
failing... and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to
flicker. Now, two teenagers in a race against time, must search Ember for
clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city's existence, and
help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever.
Based on the first in a
series of novels by Jeanne DuPrau.
The quest for the next
Narnia / Harry Potter /
Lord of the Rings fantasy
franchise is on as Hollywood scurries about adapting lesser-known fantasy
novels. Thus far two major contenders for the fantasy crown, The Dark
is Rising and Golden Compass,
turned out to be huge box office disappointments and one wonders for how
long this trend will last.
City of Ember looks promising though seeing as it
is directed by the talented, young Gil Kenan, whose Monster House
directorial debut we rather liked. Very little buzz thus far, but then
again, Golden Compass had loads of
advance buzz and just fizzled out at the all-important American box office
. . .