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Prince Caspian opens in movie theatres


In print since 1954, the seven volumes of CS Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia have sold more than 100 million copies in 41 languages.

The movie of Prince Caspian picks up where the 2005 film version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe left off. The Pevensie children (Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy) are suddenly called back to the land of Narnia from a British train platform. They find that 1300 years have passed in the one year they have been away.

Buildings where they lived have become ruins, and Narnia is suffering from the oppression of the Telmarines. Though it's a fantasy for children, Prince Caspian contains an emotional charge for any adult who has seen a beloved place or country change radically over his or her lifetime.

Prince Caspian had never been told the truth about Narnia's past, but he discovers it from his old nurse and a tutor. He encounters "old Narnians", living in hiding, who used to live freely before the Telmarines came to power. After initial doubts and misadventures, the old Narnians and the children agree to stand with Caspian in an attempt to restore Narnia. The Telmarines violently oppose them.

The trailer warns, "You may find Narnia a more savage place than you remember."

It's a place of awakenings, renewal and restoration, too.