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!
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Dakota Blue Richards,
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 »
In the scene (from 04:32 to 05:55 on the DVD) where Noah Wilder is in his bedroom, wearing pajamas and playing a video game, his father comes home late and visits with him. In one shot when Noah throws his video game controller down, you can see he is bare-foot. In the very next shot from a different angle, as his father is talking to him, Noah is wearing slippers. (Note: This is a "full-frame-only goof", not visible in the wide screen versions, because their frames were made by cropping 41.7% of the height of the spherical 35 mm film negative frames, cutting Noah's bare feet out of the frame, although his slippers can still be seen at 04:41. The full height of the negative is shown in the full frame version, leaving Noah's bare feet in their frames.) Also in this scene Noah's left leg is propped up when he is playing the video game but then when he is talking to his Dad it is his right leg that is propped up. See more »
There are not many movies you can take the whole family to see these days. Our ten year old son really wanted to see The Last Mimzy so we went to a sneak screening last Saturday night. I was very pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the film as much as I did. My wife liked it even better. Our two other kids (daughter 12, youngest son 7) along with our son had a great time.
Kids will really be able to identify with the brother and sister in the movie. They seemed very real. The kids' lives at school and their relationships with their parents and teacher seemed true. This is a story about a regular family with all the ups and downs of everyday regular life.
Then, the story takes off. I don't want to give away anything about the plot because the surprises that gently unfold are what you and your family will enjoy about the movie. There are elements of science fiction and fantasy with nothing extremely intense to scare the kids. It's an interesting story told well with characters you care about. The visual effects are well done.
I liked that the movie does not talk down to kids to get its ideas across. My wife and I also liked that the language and situations were truly appropriate for a family film. My kids all want to see the movie again and the movie is definitely good enough to see a second time.
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