Last Mimzy

Directed By: Robert Shaye

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on 6/17/2008

Other than a few hoky scenes which supposedly take place in Seattle (hey - Hollywood, we live here, stop faking supposed buildings and restaurants) this is a great flick. The young actors, integration of special effects, answering the majority of the viewers questions by the end of the flick, and pulling it off in a nearly believable way - added up to a great Sci-Fi romp. The "Intel" reference was a bit much though. I would have preferred to have seen "AMD" - but that would be purely for the fun of it. I would rate this a step below "Contact" and a step above most of the Star Trek movies (only because the Star Trek movies are so predictable). Read More

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Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents and even their teachers are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine!


Studio New Line
SKU 204553143
UPC 794043109164
UPC 14 00794043109164
Format DVD
Release Date 2/10/2009
Rating Rating
Family (General)
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Two kids find a bizarre box on the beach and are soon exhibiting signs of off-the-chart genius in this gently mind-blowing fantasy film. Little Emma (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) finds a cute bunny doll in the box, who talks to her in electronic code, and Noah (Chris O'Neil) learns to speak in a frequency that lets him control spiders. The kids learn to move objects via psychokinesis and communicate telepathically. Naturally, their parents (Timothy Hutton and Joely Richardson) wonder what is going on here. Noah's science teacher (Rainn Wilson) has dreams predicting all this, centered on a mandala symbol from ancient Tibetan Buddhism, which Noah draws in class. Michael Clarke Duncan is suitably dour as the Homeland Security official who investigates when the kids' newfound power creates a major blackout across Seattle. Parents who cringe at the vulgarity of many kid films will certainly appreciate LAST MIMZY's sweet-natured awe towards the natural world and its inhabitants, which comes without extraneous action or excessive musical bombast. The film moves with a poetic grace, calling attention to environmental and social problems without preaching, and creating the possibility for a genuinely better world. The child actors are real naturals who are allowed to talk and sound like kids, and car chases and explosions are all but absent in place of genuine mystery and excitement about human potential. It's rare to find a sci-fi film that makes the future seem worth saving, so consider this one a true gem.
Entertainment Weekly "[T]he newcomer kids are delightfully...kidlike." -- Grade: B 03/30/2007 p.54
Sight and Sound "Modest and charming, THE LAST MIMZY is unusual children's fare, and SF film with a contemporary setting and minimal effects, relying on a compelling mystery and ideas." 06/01/2007 p.63
Robert Shaye
Name Wilson,Rainn
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Cast & Crew
Alan Heim - Editor
Barry Chusid - Production Designer
Bruce Joel Rubin - Screenplay
C.L. Moore - Based On Short Story By
Chris O'Neil - Actor
Henry Kuttner - Based On Short Story By
Howard Shore - Original Music By
J. Michael Muro - Cinematographer
Joely Richardson - Actor
Justis Greene - Executive Producer
Michael Phillips - Producer
Rainn Wilson - Actor
Rhiannon Leigh Wryn - Actor
Robert Shaye - Director
Ross Dempster - Art Director
Toby Emmerich - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 10916
UPC 00794043109164
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review What is The Last Mimzy about? Is it a cautionary tale about an impending ecological disaster? An attack on governmental intrusion into the lives of ordinary citizens? A superhero tale? A primer on New Age spiritualism? The 2007 answer to E.T.? It wants to be all these things and more, but there's a difference between doing something and doing something well. The Last Mimzy rushes so quickly from one plot element to the next that it loses things like character development and atmosphere along the way. The Last Mimzy feels rushed and incomplete, and the tidy ending doesn't help. Every time the movie pulls us under its adventurous spell, it changes gears and we have to get acclimatized again...As family friendly adventures go, The Last Mimzy is a cut below the recent Bridge to Terabithia, with which it shares the same target demographic.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Review The Last Mimzy is one of the strangest family movies in quite some time, a cross between a conventional fantasy film and a counterculture head-trip movie like 2001 or Performance. This is not necessarily a criticism--children's films have gotten so nauseatingly bland in recent years that any attempt at doing something idiosyncratic or personal is to be applauded. And The Last Mimzy is nothing if not idiosyncratic, alternating Spielbergian scenes of suburban life with impressionistic bursts of light and sound, and plot twists that would make David Lynch scratch his head. While the end result of all this experimentation isn't entirely convincing or coherent, it's fairly entertaining and will probably appeal to the young audience at which it's aimed...Luckily, through a careful balance of tones and performances, director Bob Shaye hits just the right balance between playing it straight and winking at the audience.
Reviewer Jim Hemphill
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Wilson,Rainn
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle ...a ripping yarn.
Ken Fox, TV Guide An intelligent, imaginative children's adventure refreshingly free of rapping cartoon animals...
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly The newcomer kids are delightfully...kidlike..."The Office's" Rainn Wilson plays a New Agey science teacher.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post An unexpectedly disarming, extremely well-cast little variation on "E.T."
Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Call it "E.T." for a new generation.

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