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  Publicity Stills of "The Last Mimzy"
(Courtesy from Warner Bros)

Genre: Adventure / Drama / Family
Director: Robert Shaye
Cast: Chris O'Neil, Rainn Wilson, Michael Clarke Duncan, Joely Richardson, Kathryn Hahn, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Marc Musso, Kirsten Williamson, Megan McKinnon
RunTime: 1 hr 35 mins
Released By: Warner Bros
Rating: PG

Opening Day: 12 April 2007

Soundtrack: Read Our Review On The Original Soundtrack By Howard Shore

Synopsis :

In the tradition of E.T. the Extra –Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, MIMZY tells the extraordinary story of a family’s experience with a universe beyond their imaginations. When young Emma and her brother Noah find a mysterious box on a beach, little do they know their lives would change forever. The filmmakers evoke a world of infinite possibility with stunning visual imagery in a taunt but tender story. It is a world of suspense and peril as well as hope and love. A world very much like our own.

Movie Review:

The poster, the tagline and hey, even the production notes makes it sound way more interesting than the final product.

And the most ironically thing is it’s directed by Robert Shaye, head of New Line Cinema, marking his first directorial return after a hiatus of more than a decade behind the corporate table and co-written by Toby Emmerich, head of production, New Line.

The Last Mimzy is based on the Lewis Padgett’s 1943 short science-fiction story "Mimsy Were the Borogoves", not quite a household name I suppose but amazingly, the people behind it seem to have such a liking to it that they decide to make a movie out of the pages. The plot has it that brother and sister, Noah and Emma found a mysterious magical box (which contains Mimzy, some stones and map) while vacationing at their seaside cottage. Thus begin their journey to discovering things beyond our earthly-world and acquire super-human being powers along the way.

The cast were likeable especially the first-timer young leads and Rainne Wilson’s (The Office) performance as a science teacher is a hoot. What’s seriously wrong is the plot. And what’s the movie primarily target audience?

To address point number one, the last mimzy actually refers to a cute stuffed rabbit. Furry on the outside but it’s actually an incredibly piece of high-tech machinery. Obviously, mimzy is here on a mission and ready to spread a well-meaning message to us. But halfway to the movie, the screenwriters has to do a E.T style of bringing in the National Security Agency which contributes nothing to the flow of the story but got to show the world how lame the NSA works.

Although targeted at the kids’ crowd, The Last Mimzy lacks the charisma of “E.T.” or the fast-paced madcap adventures of “Jumanji” and “Zathura” to keep kids entertained. Of course, the lack of noisy sound effects and toilet humour at times is also a good thing to behold, it’s just that it can be a little too monotonous here.

You can classify The Last Mimzy as a smart kiddy movie in the end. But we left the theaters scratching our heads wondering isn’t the movie a little too smart for young kids to comprehend and too predictable for adults. All of a sudden, the thought of watching a 30th anniversary edition of E.T. flashes across the mind…

Movie Rating:

(A more suitable acquisition for Hallmark channel)

Review by Linus Tee


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