City of Ember

2008 PG 1h 35m DVD

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City of Ember

2008 PG 1h 35m DVD
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Entirely dependent on artificial light, the underground city of Ember enters a perilous situation when its power generator starts to fail. Now, it's up to two teens to uncover the secret that will prevent darkness from engulfing them permanently.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1, Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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  • Harry Treadaway
  • Bill Murray
  • Martin Landau
  • Mary Kay Place
  • Toby Jones
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste
  • Mackenzie Crook
  • Tim Robbins
  • Liz Smith
  • Lucinda Dryzek
  • Simon Kunz
  • Frankie McCafferty
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Reviews

age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this fantasy based on the popular middle-grade novel of the same name doesn't have much to worry about in the way of sexual content, language, drinking, or strong violence. But its constant tension and often-dark mood -- it's about a decaying underground city founded to make sure humanity survived the end of the world -- make it too intense for the youngest viewers. The teenage main characters face challenges ranging from corrupt officials to a ravenous giant mole; they navigate these problems with persistence and resourcefulness.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.

Violence

Several tense scenes involving a ravenous giant mole, which pursues the main characters very aggressively and is quite creepy and scary. It's implied that one supporting character dies violently (not shown); another, the only guardian of two children, passes away peacefully. Some chase scenes and brief scuffles between characters. The main characters are frequently in danger. A ride down a powerful river has lots of perilous moments.

Language

One use of "sexy."

Social Behavior

The young protagonists are resourceful, determined, curious, and independent -- which presents a stark contrast to the blithe denial or fearful acceptance of most of the grown-ups. Some adult characters are selfish and corrupt. Lina is a strong female character, but there's not too much diversity in Ember.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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