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City of Ember is a story about a city that is built by unidentified architects. These architects are referred in the movie as "The Builders". These unidentified architects built an underground city and filled it with enough supplies to last the inhabitants for 200 years. The purpose of the underground city was to house the inhabitants because at that time the surface of the Earth was considered uninhabitable. The reason why it is uninhabitable is not clearly defined in the movie. However, there are hints and suggestions that it is caused by nuclear war.

The architects gave the first mayor a locked box after the city was completed. This locked box was to be handed down from mayor to mayor as instructed by the architects. The mayors simply pass down a locked box without knowing what is inside of it. It was intended that the box was to be open after 200 years with instructions on how the inhabitants might return to the Earth’s surface.

The box was faithfully handed down from mayor to mayor until the seventh city mayor tried to open it. The mayor tried to open the locked box in hopes that the contents inside were a cure for lethal cough that was plaguing the city at that time. The mayor failed to open the box. The mayor also died before he could pass it down to the next mayor with the instruction that come with it.

The movie then moves forward to 245 years after the city was completed by the architects. At this time, the city is running low on supplies and the once powerful massive generator that gives life to the city is failing.

The story starts to pick up when a girl stumbles the piece of paper that she salvaged from inside a box. The girl did not know that the box was once the locked box that was handed down from mayor to mayor. At that time, some people were branded as "Believers". Believers are people who believe that the architects and builders would we turn to Ember City one day to guide them out of the dying city.

The girl that stumbled upon the strange letter tried to decipher it. However, the letter was damaged because of an incident. The girl asked for help from his friends and other people to try to reconstruct and make sense of the letter. After several trials and error, they have come to realize that the letter was instruction from the architects and builders on how they might escape from Ember city. So the adventure begins.

City of Ember is an Adventure, Kids & Family, Fantasy movie that was released in 2008 and has a run time of 1 hr 35 min. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 58.

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| 2008 | 1 hr 35 min | 6.5/10 | 58/100
Saoirse Ronan, David Ryall, Harry Treadaway, Mary Kay Place
Gil Kenan
Produced By
Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman

Also directed by Gil Kenan