Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine!
For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing ... and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker.
Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.
A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.
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. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
During the 2012 Savannah Film Festival, Robert Shaye held a Q&A session after a screening of the film. During the Q&A, he stated that he was not a fan of the film's title. He and other producers came up with a new title, "The Gifted", but it was too late in the production process to change it. See more »
Early in the movie, the science teacher Larry White (Rainn Wilson) tells his class "of the doctors Watson and Crick who cracked the genetic code". This is wrong in two ways. First, while Watson and Crick's discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA helped explain how genes were replicated during cellular or viral reproduction, it was Marshall Nirenberg and Har Gobind Khorana who did the research that correctly interpreted the genetic code, for which they received the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physiology and/or Medicine (along with Robert W. Holley for his work on transfer RNA). Second, it is odd that Mr White refers to Watson and Crick as "doctors", which his class would understand to mean that they were medical men, which neither was; in fact while Watson had his PhD at the time of their seminal research, Crick had yet to complete his and held only a BSc - in physics. See more »
A nice, entertaining film, with a lot of neat ideas
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 the film was based on, the graphics were nice, and it was a new twist on an old storyline (the kids did a really good job acting too). Some people complain it didn't have any action and they "fell asleep" - well it's not an action movie, and honestly if you fall asleep, either you're really overworked or you're just not into light mystery and philosophical ideas. It definitely has a "new age" touch, it's mysterious, and with a nice bit of surreal/sci-fi - if you liked movies the same pace and style as K-Pax (though this one is a bit more geared towards kids), then you'll probably like Mimzy. I wouldn't suggest really 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't spend a day reading reviews and looking at trailers. Grab your kids, go to the theater, and see it for yourself with a fresh mind. You'll probably enjoy it as much as I did. :)
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