The Last Mimzy (2007)

Starring: Joely Richardson, Timothy Hutton, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rainn Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, Chris O’Neil, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn
Director: Bob Shaye

Opening Date: 23 March 2007



Based on the acclaimed sci-fi short story by Lewis Padgett, The Last Mimzy tells the story of two children who discover a mysterious box that contains some strange devices they think are toys. As the children play with these “toys,” they begin to display higher and higher intelligence levels. Their teacher tells their parents that they seem to have grown beyond genius. Their parents, too, realize something extraordinary is happening. Emma, the younger of the two, tells her confused mother that one of the toys, a beat-up stuffed toy rabbit, is named Mimzy and that “she teaches me things.” As Emma’s mom becomes increasingly concerned, a blackout shuts down the city and the government traces the source of the power surge to Emma’s family’s house. Things quickly spin wildly out of their control. The children are focused on these strange objects, Mimzy, and the important mission on which they seem to have been sent. When the little girl says that Mimzy contains a most serious message from the future, a scientific scan shows that Mimzy is part extremely high level electronic, and part organic! Everyone realizes that they are involved in something incredible…but exactly what?

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Arriving with little fanfare or hype – there are no real big names in it nor does it promise to be a special effects extravaganza and then there’s title! – The Last Mimzy looks set to be an understated sci-fi drama in the early Steven Spielberg Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind and E.T. mode. An ‘Eighties movie for the 2000’s then? Anyway, there are so few movies boasting proper science fiction credentials nowadays that anything based on a sci-fi short story instead of a video game deserves our immediate support, even though we don't know the short story by Henry Kuttner it’s based on.



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