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!
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 »
I have never read the book, which this movie is based upon, so I have no point-of-reference for comparison.
All in all I thought this movie was perfectly appropriate for families, although from reading reviewers comments on another website, you'd think 'The Last Mimzy' had some kind of subversive plot. One parent said it was 'liberal doctrine' and another focused on the fact that it shows people who actually believe in Eastern philosophies and practices. Wow! You mean there are other religions besides Christianity out there?! Then they must be liberal in nature and are trying to wreak havoc on the traditional, family-values we all hold so dear.
I am a Christian and had absolutely no problems with the ideas proposed by other points-of-view. Maybe you might have to walk out of the theater with some explanations of how other cultures see the world and their place in it, but that's part of the magic of this movie. 'The Last Mimzy' was by no means 'liberal doctrine' unless you think showing a different perspective as a threat.
Personally, the weakest parts of the movie for me was the uneven direction and the point where I asked "Why is Michael Clark Duncan in this film?" He didn't really add much to it. The kids were believable and Timothy Hutton did a decent job. The effects were all-in-all low-key, but necessary. Before you judge this film for showing the mysteries of Eastern beliefs, try watching it with an open mind. It didn't give me the same vibe as 'E.T.' or 'Close Encounters', but it did a good job as being an entertaining family film.
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