Commentary by director Bob
Shaye, "Hello (I Love You)"
Roger Waters music video,
deleted scenes, "Adapting
the Story" featurette, "Bob
Shaye: Director Profile,"
"Casting the Kids"
Design and Concept Art"
featurette, "Real Is Good:
The Visual Effects"
featurette, "Editing and
games, more. (New Line).
The Last Mimzy Release
March 23, 2007 Studio: New Line Cinema Director: Bob Shaye
Screenwriter: Bruce Joel Rubin, Toby Emmerich Starring: Timothy Hutton, Joely Richardson, Rainn Wilson, Michael
Clarke Duncan, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Chris O'Neil Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family,
Sci-Fi MPAA Rating: PG (for some thematic elements, mild peril and language) Official Website:
Plot Summary: 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
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?
EN 5 Second Review:
A kids film with a message, we will stick to things like
TMNT for our kids films
One Minute Review by Peter Veugelaers:
Quietly engaging family fantasy is ultimately bewildering. Two children
find a mysterious box at a beach resulting in them gaining powers and
contact with a past world. The box opens up possibilities to save
existence. It is colourful, pleasant, with strong special effects, a
charming score, and good performances. Idealistic utopian New Age
sensibilities are appreciative but arguable and clearer than the fuzzy
storytelling which leaves things undone. Try working this one out.
Last Mimzy moves far too fast to become boring, but it frustrates
with the possibilities it leaves untapped. James Berardinelli: Reelviews
The movie's poor focus and scattershot approach, while not
without its charms, represents the kind of product that may divert
children but will likely puzzle adults with its inconsistency...more
are too many distracting elements to allow a viewer total
immersion in the story John Anderson: Variety
Kids will like "Mimzy" if for no other reason
than it doesn't talk down to them. And it imagines they will
laugh and respond to the same things as adults, something
adult filmmakers often have a problem understanding...more
Last Mimzy, in spite of its pedestrian direction,
becomes something rather special Ed Gonzales: Slant Magazine
As the film builds to its nail-biting conclusion, the
children will have connected with the War on Terror and
foreign philosophical belief systems in the interest of
"The Last Mimzy" features an
ensemble cast that includes Timothy Hutton ("Ordinary
People," "General's Daughter"), Joely Richardson ("The
Patriot," "Nip/Tuck"), Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), Michael
Clarke Duncan ("The Green Mile"), and newcomers Rhiannon
Leigh Wryn and Chris O'Neil as the children, Emma and Noah.
It is produced by Michael Phillips ("The Sting," "Close
Encounters of the Third Kind") and directed by Bob Shaye
(executive producer of, among other films, "The Lord of the
Rings" trilogy). Shaye is also founder, Co-Chairman, and
Co-CEO of New Line Cinema.
"The Last Mimzy" is based on the 1943 short story "Mimsy
Were the Borogoves" by Lewis Padgett (a pseudonym for Henry
Kuttner and his wife, C. L. Moore); the adapted screenplay
is by Bruce Joel Rubin ("Ghost," "Deep Impact") and Toby
Emmerich ("Frequency"). The film's production team also
includes composer Howard Shore ("The Lord of the Rings"
trilogy), editor Alan Heim ("All That Jazz," "The
Notebook"), and sound designer Dane Davis ("The Matrix").
Combined, the cast and production team feature six Academy
Award winners. The film is scheduled for a March 23, 2007