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The Last Mimzy

Extras: 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" featurette, "Production Design and Concept Art" featurette, "Real Is Good: The Visual Effects" featurette, "Editing and Music," six "Behind-the-Movie" featurettes, interactive games, more. (New Line).

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The Last Mimzy

lastmimzyos.jpgRelease Date: 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: Mimzy.com

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 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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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.

The 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

There 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

The 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 mankind's salvation...more

 Movie Facts
"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 release.
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