A kid's movie that came and went without almost no recognition among audiences, The Last Mimzy is one of the best family-oriented films in years. Following the quality of 2007's other quality family film Bridge to Terabithia, The Last Mimzy is another adventure film that plays with the imagination and can appeal to both children and adults.
The Last Mimzy is about two rather ordinary children who discover a box in the ocean. Within the box lies several toys, most notably a stuffed bunny rabbit. But what appears ordinary often isn't, and the children start to display qualities unlike any other human being on the planet. The boy suddenly becomes ultra-intelligent, especially after he wins the regional science fair by discovering a frequency that allows him to control spiders to make a super strong bridge structure out of spider webs. The girl, on the other hand, shows even more powers; she is able to harness energy in supernatural ways and communicate with the stuffed bunny, who is no ordinary stuffed bunny. Things seem all well and good until one mistake causes a momentary blackout to the entire United States, forcing the children to realize that what they possess may be there for a reason, and that reason could be a dangerous one.
The Last Mimzy is a perfect blend of sci-fi discovery and family film; it offers everything a kid will enjoy, as well as plenty of goodies for parents. The story is concrete and compelling, a true sci-fi plot embedded within a children's film. Parts of the movie had my hair tingling, and you really don't know how things are going to end. You'll be intrigued by minute one, and from there the rest is easy.
I also find it interesting that bunnies have been used for time travel devices in other films as well, most notably Donnie Darko.
Parents should be thrilled with The Last Mimzy. A sci-fi film that will engage their children's mind and at the same time entertain parents should be received with open arms. It's a shame the movie didn't do well in theaters, but hopefully it will find new life on DVD.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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