Sunday, June 14, 2009

City of Ember

Big recommendation for the movie adaptation of City of Ember, a book by Jeanne DuPrau. It seems that the book is targeted at kids around 10-12 years old, and the movie's horrible Harry Potter-lookalike DVD presentation certainly puts the movie in the same brackets -- big mistake. Absolutely stunning production design and great visual effects and ideas make this a thrilling must-see. Both the star cast of Bill Murray and Tim Robbins, as well as the rather less known teen actors in the lead roles, are really doing a great job, so this movie deserves a lot more recognition than it has so far.

Think the underground city setting of Metropolis and Fallout 3 meets the contraptions and riddles of Myst and The Difference Engine, combined with the steampunk retro-aesthetics of Brazil and Bioshock and you get an idea.

Actually even better than the trailer posted above is watching the intro of the movie, located at the io9 link below.

io9 - You Can't Have An Apocalypse Without A Gloomy Voiceover - Movies

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