Reviewed byrealraider-1Vote: 8/10/10
I see it's getting some bad reviews, but I really liked The Last Mimzy.I don't know how much it is like the book, but I liked the ideas thefilm was based on, the graphics were nice, and it was a new twist on anold storyline (the kids did a really good job acting too). Some peoplecomplain it didn't have any action and they "fell asleep" - well it'snot an action movie, and honestly if you fall asleep, either you'rereally overworked or you're just not into light mystery andphilosophical ideas. It definitely has a "new age" touch, it'smysterious, and with a nice bit of surreal/sci-fi - if you liked moviesthe same pace and style as K-Pax (though this one is a bit more gearedtowards kids), then you'll probably like Mimzy. I wouldn't suggestreally young kids for this one, they might not understand a lot of it -10 and up would probably enjoy it more.
Also, the less you know about the movie, the more you'll like it. Don'tspend a day reading reviews and looking at trailers. Grab your kids, goto the theater, and see it for yourself with a fresh mind. You'llprobably enjoy it as much as I did. :)
Reviewed bycyclone259Vote: 7/10/10
I have never read the book, which this movie is based upon, so I haveno point-of-reference for comparison.
All in all I thought this movie was perfectly appropriate for families,although from reading reviewers comments on another website, you'dthink 'The Last Mimzy' had some kind of subversive plot. One parentsaid it was 'liberal doctrine' and another focused on the fact that itshows people who actually believe in Eastern philosophies andpractices. Wow! You mean there are other religions besides Christianityout there?! Then they must be liberal in nature and are trying to wreakhavoc on the traditional, family-values we all hold so dear.
I am a Christian and had absolutely no problems with the ideas proposedby other points-of-view. Maybe you might have to walk out of thetheater with some explanations of how other cultures see the world andtheir place in it, but that's part of the magic of this movie. 'TheLast Mimzy' was by no means 'liberal doctrine' unless you think showinga different perspective as a threat.
Personally, the weakest parts of the movie for me was the unevendirection and the point where I asked "Why is Michael Clark Duncan inthis film?" He didn't really add much to it. The kids were believableand Timothy Hutton did a decent job. The effects were all-in-alllow-key, but necessary. Before you judge this film for showing themysteries of Eastern beliefs, try watching it with an open mind. Itdidn't give me the same vibe as 'E.T.' or 'Close Encounters', but itdid a good job as being an entertaining family film.
Reviewed byjantoniouVote: 7/10/10
If I were to come up with a one sentence of "The Last Mimzy" it wouldbe: New age tree hugging proselytizing wrapped in a children's film.
Deploying a panoply of New Age pablums such as the interconnectednessof the universe and a kind of whitebread version of Far East mysticism,"The Last Mimzy" is nonetheless fun and stimulating to watch. Anythingthat can theoretically challenge the dumbing down of my children by theDisney Channel is, frankly, welcome.
My daughter, a very bright girl if I do say so, was mentally energizedafter seeing "The Last Mimzy" and couldn't stop talking about it. Fivepoints minimum right there.
The visuals strike me vaguely as derivative of Bucky Fuller's conceptof Synergistics or the Dymaxion, concepts which were precursors to hisfamous geodesic domes - the sum being greater than the parts basically.
At its best, this film engages the imagination of both adults andchildren. The premise--a bunny sent back in time to save all ofhumanity--on its surface seems very silly, but somehow it works. Itworks because we know intuitively that children are often the only oneswith the innocence and purity and that certain clarity of intelligenceto communicate seemingly impossible ideas - the faith of a child inaction. The people of the future still understand this too.
I didn't find Mimzy's "New Agey" feel overdone and it worked cleverlyfor its intended premise.
One thing that was very wrong about the movie was the overt productplacement of Intel in a particular scene Though I suspect Intel rarelygets a chance where product placement even makes sense in a movie itwas really inappropriate.
Still, an extremely worthwhile film amid today's teen-oriented drivel.
The siblings Noah and Emma travel with their mother Jo from Seattle to the family cottage in Whidbey Island to spend a couple of days while their workaholic father David Wilder is working. They find a box of toys from the future in the water and bring it home, and Emma finds a stuffed rabbit called Mimzy, and stones and a weird object, but they hide their findings from their parents. Mimzy talks telepathically to Emma and the siblings develop special abilities, increasing their intelligences to the level of genius. Their father becomes very proud when Noah presents a magnificent design in the fair of science and technology, and his teacher Larry White and his mystic wife Naomi Schwartz become interested in the boy when he draws a mandala. When Noah accidentally assembles the objects and activates a powerful generator creating a blackout in the state, the FBI arrests the family trying to disclose the mystery. But Emma unravels the importance to send Mimzy back to the future.