Characters, creatures, chase scenes and story lines, which were not part of the book, ruined this for me. The story focuses on what the people in this little city have evolved to, which I believe are great ideas making this movie different from those I have seen. Sometimes people get a little confused about movies like this, they don't realize its a mirror for our world. I give it three stars, though. I mean, literally, one of the worst adaptions I've ever seen.
It is a futuristic sci fi but you see what happens when all that future ends and a small group of people are saved to live in a city built underground for many years through many generations with no contact with what's above ground which you never see until the end. Had they stuck to the natural flow of the novel, and stayed true to the unraveling of the mystery, this could have been a fantastic Goonies-esque ride. Get off your butt and start awakening to your Divine Being. . It's easy to understand how a book needs to be condensed when making a moved based upon it's story, but the screenwriters did a terrible disservice with this flick. I like the uniqueness of the story being seen through the eyes of two young teenagers while drawing in a wide age range in an audience. There is no calvary, you made the dream, you get to wake her self up.
Once we were all able to discuss it, they really found it interesting and wanted to finish reading it quickly. I personally loved the story. This movie kept my son's rapt attention and it was complicated enough to be enjoyable to me as well while still enabling him to easily follow along without a bunch of explanation. I think they may actually want to read the other books in the series. I like it so much that I had an old copy and this one I just got from Amazon was a gift for my son and his family. The only question is when?? I rate this one 4.
This movie is adventerous to me. Very good movie that should get people thinking about our current world. This may be why it wasn't liked by many. Too bad; the actors were great, as were the visuals. I was excited to see the movie based upon the first book, City of Ember, but am phenomenally perplexed. I think the only thing that was missing was romance.
I was so hoping for a part two since there is a sequel in the book which this story was based from. Had I not read the series beforehand, I'd have probably liked this much more. I read this series and found it creative and fascinating. Just ruined the book, and went off on unexplained tangents without any sort of explanation or basis from book to let viewer understand what the hell the director and writer were trying to accomplish. Summer reading assignment for my grandkids.
Oh, and your an eternal being having a human experience in all this. Instead, it seems they took lame and questionable liberties with the book. My son insisted we watch this movie after reading the book at school. There is nothing to fear but fear itself. Just like the movie, there are many things hidden from us in our world.
I love sci fi's and appreciate a movie that is believeable and has all the great things that makes a movie great! I decided to read it so we could discuss the book and keep them engaged since they both thought the book was boring and not something they could get into and it was taking them forever to read. . . . . . .
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