“the City of Ember” Analysis
The Director closes this film out with a microcosm. The scene is of Doon and Lina far above Ember looking down into the earth through a small opening in the ground. They throw down a rock with the information that they had made it out. We watch that rock travel many miles down into the earth toward the small speckle of flickering light, which is Ember. It appeared to be isolated as if it was a solitary little island. The world is made of many different types of people all of different morals and abilities. The point of this film is to stir the question what citizen of Ember are you? Are you like Lizzie and Mrs. Thorn blindly following the officials’ words like sheep without question or cause? Are you like the Mayor and Looper taking all they can for themselves and not caring about those around you? Are you like Lina and Doon scared of what is to come, but willing to take a chance to have a better future? “City of Ember” is a story of overcoming adversity, rising above ones fears and having courage enough to venture into the unknown no matter the cost.
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Kenan, G. (Director). (2008). City of Ember [Motion picture]. United States: Walden