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About the Movie
The world as we know it has been forgotten. A decade after a global epidemic, those who remain suffer from lasting effects of the virus - retrograde and anterograde amnesia. The survivors navigate a decaying landscape, unable to recall the past or create new memories. Each finds their own way to cope with life in a perpetual present, where meaning must be experienced moment by moment. A boy loses his guardian and searches for a new home beyond the limits of the city. Two lovers struggle to stay together, afraid that if separated, they will forget each other forever. A violent young man takes what he needs to survive, no matter the cost. A professor researching a cure makes a connection that is not what he expected. And deep underground, a girl living with her father in a bunker safe from the virus must decide whether to risk infection to regain her freedom. In the world without memory, everyone must survive their own apocalypse of identity.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 15
- Fresh: 12
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 7.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Claire Carre's debut feature could be described as a mass-scale Memento, but that thumbnail sketch misses both the pic's impressive conceptual breadth and its numbing dramatic stasis.
Fresh: While one wishes Carre, who shares screenplay credit with Charles Spano, might have hung those stirring visuals on more involving plotting, "Embers" nevertheless makes a strong, not to mention timely, impression.
Fresh: It's metaphorical aspects like that, and the striking visuals that delineate the stark contrast between the worlds above and below ground, that make Embers memorable.
Fresh: A lovely meditation on identity and the difficulties of personal connection, Embers is a descendent of Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker in both tone and mise en scene.
Beautiful, haunting, human
I love science fiction. I love films about distopia and space travel and I love post-apocalyptic books, movies, games... But the story is so, so important.
And that's where Embers really shines. This is a movie about not just the horror and desperation of being alive after the end of the world, but what it means to be in love, angry, afraid, hopeful... Really, what it means to be human. The characters are great, the cinematography is great, the writing is great, the acting is great... I just love this movie!
One of a kind and beautifully made
It's so refreshing to see a sci-fi film that is both personal and which contains engaging universal ideas and questions. But Embers is more than a sci-fi film — it is a smart, witty and emotional meditation on human relationships and the ways memory completes and complicates our lives. It's so poetically made that you will be swept up into a fascinating story and world, populated tragic and heartfelt characters and incredible settings.
Writing Worth the Purchase (You'll want to pay more after you watch it)
From a screenwriter's standpoint, this film is beyond well written. Each character has a fully developed story arch that fully ties into the overall plot. Visually, each scene creates unique perspectives for each of the character sets which leaves you wanting to rewatch it to catch the connecting points you missed the first time.
No doubt, this movie will build a cult following that defines the genre and the decade.