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I've started reading Christopher Priest's Inverted World, and from the first page I realized that I have seen a movie which had the same plot. But I cannot remember the title of the movie.

Here’s a short description of the story:

A closed world, more like a city, where people don't know about what's happening outside. There is a drive everyone has to maintain in order to keep city alive. But then a young boy, one of the drive engineers realizes that there is something outside the city, so he fights his way out.

Does anyone recognize this movie?

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  • When you finished the book did you realise that the movie wasn't really anything like Inverted Worldz Nov 14, 2011 at 16:50
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    Yup, true. The book was fantastic. The film was ok :)
    – Sorantis
    Nov 22, 2011 at 11:56
  • Are you asking for a movie based on Priest's novel, or just some film where things aren't as they seem and eventually we find out what's going on? Jan 13, 2017 at 4:17

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Sounds like City of Ember to me.

City of Ember film is based of The City of Ember novel (and the city doesn't move for one thing). It sounds though like there are thematic similarities between the two novels, but this is not an actual adaptation.

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    Hmm In that case its not a direct adaptation - City of Ember film is based of The City of Ember novel (and the city doesn't move for one thing). It sounds though like there are thematic similarities between the two novels. Added for completeness for future viewers Mar 4, 2011 at 10:36
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Sounds a bit like Dark City?

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  • no, I know Dark City. And it's not it.
    – Sorantis
    Mar 3, 2011 at 21:53
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    Lots of conceptual similarities though
    – user11295
    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:24
  • Not likely. Just the vague notion that "there's something that we don't know" doesn't really seem sufficient to claim a relationship between the two. Jan 13, 2017 at 4:13
  • Could you please expand on this? How exactly does this match the description?
    – Mithical
    May 8, 2017 at 18:20
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It's Snowpiercer!

Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1706620/

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    Certainly not. Sorry, but apart from the train the two have nothing in common, and most particularly Snowpiercer does not feature the mathematical peculiarities inherent in Priest's novel. Jan 13, 2017 at 4:11

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