Film review – City of Ember (2008)

25 December 2008

Adapted from the novel by Jeanne DuPrau and directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), City of Ember is a family orientated science-fiction/fantasy about an underground city powered by a dying generator. While trying to save the generator, teenagers Lina Mayfleet (Saoirse Ronan from Atonement) and Doon Harrow (Harry Treadaway from Control) discover that the inhabitants of Ember were supposed to have returned to the surface long ago. However, the city’s corrupt officials have a vested interest in keeping such information quiet.

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Film review – The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

22 April 2008

The latest much-loved children’s fantasy novel series to receive a lavish Hollywood film adaptation is The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. Helmed by Mean Girls director Mark Waters, the film adaptation follows the plot of the 5 novels about a group of siblings who discover a hidden world of magical creatures. The children learn that this world had been documented in a book by their great uncle and they now must protect this book from the forces of evil that seek the knowledge it contains.

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