Last Mimzy (2007)
Director: Robert Shaye
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The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something.
|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!|
"An intelligent, imaginative children's adventure refreshingly free of rapping cartoon animals... Ken Fox, TV Guide
"The newcomer kids are delightfully...kidlike..."The Office's" Rainn Wilson plays a New Agey science teacher. Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"An unexpectedly disarming, extremely well-cast little variation on "E.T." Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Call it "E.T." for a new generation. Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Editor's NoteTwo 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.
Cast & Crew
|Rhiannon Leigh Wryn|
|Alan Heim - Editor|
|Barry Chusid - Production Designer|
|Bruce Joel Rubin - Screenplay|
|C.L. Moore - Based On Short Story By|
|Henry Kuttner - Based On Short Story By|
|Howard Shore - Original Music By|
|J. Michael Muro - Cinematographer|
|Justis Greene - Executive Producer|
|Michael Phillips - Producer|
|Robert Shaye - Director|
|Ross Dempster - Art Director|
|Toby Emmerich - Screenplay|