March 23, 2007 The Last Mimzy
Studio: New Line Cinema Rating: PG for some thematic elements, mild peril and language.
It's a children's tale with a valuable message for viewers of all ages.
Based on a 1943 short story by Lewis Padgett, "The Last Mimzy" is a very entertaining film.
Two youngsters named Emma (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) and Noah Wilder (Chris O'Neil) are vacationing with their family at the beach when they find a mysterious box of toys.
As they begin to play with the items the children's intelligence starts to grow. Their performance at school is leaps and bounds beyond everyone else and they begin to exhibit special abilities.
In addition to the toys the box also contains a stuffed bunny named Mimzy. When Emma says Mimzy is communicating with her and has a very serious message, her parents grow concerned something is wrong.
With a wonderful story and great special effects this movie is much more than just a way for children to waste a couple of hours.
"The Last Mimzy" explores the universe of imagination and possibility. The plot sucks you in and leaves you spellbound as you follow Emma and Noah's journey. Just where does the box come from? What is the purpose of the toys? And who, or what is Mimzy? Those questions will keep you glued to the screen as the film unfolds.
Wryn and O'Neil carry the movie with their performances, but they're ably supported by Timothy Hutton and Joely Richardson as their appropriately loving and genuine parents. Rainn Wilson of "The Office" is a nice surprise as a science teacher who discovers something wonderful about the children.
This is a sincere, warm movie with just enough chills and suspense to keep you engaged.
On my rating scale, "The Last Mimzy" earns a Triple.
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