"The Last Mimzy" a tale of youth and the last hope of a future civilization

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Adapted from Lewis Padgett’s, “All Mimsy Were the Borogroves” – the title originating from Lewis Carroll’s, “The Jabberwocky”, Director Bob Shaye weaves a tale of youth and the last hope of a future civilization. We begin with a brother and sister in Seattle where the wee ones discover an unusual item washed up on the shoreline…a black box. Being kids with of course an inquisitive nature, they discover the contents of this mysterious black box.

Within it holds several items- an old bunny rabbit with a cyclic design on its belly, a bluish snail in glass and a sea shell. We are also introduced to Mimzy, the soft fluffy bunny which is the sole and last time traveling representative from a presently dying future world. Sent back to seek lost “purity” in order to rescue her world from the disharmony of disease. Mimzy bonds with six year old Emma Wilder (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) to assist her in saving her own world.

Now, with allies in the present time, Noah (Chris O’Neil) and Emma develop extraordinary powers of intellect, telepathy and the beginning powers of flight (as experienced by Emma just defying gravity as she leaps in bounds on the beach. With tools of the trade at hand for seeing the future from this black box, Mimzy preps her protégés for their “mission”.

With great powers comes responsibility of course and their superhuman abilities do not go unnoticed, while experimenting, Noah causes a blackout endemic to their area. Things go awry and the Feds become involved in order to get down to the bottom of things fast. Michael Clarke Duncan plays FBI Regional Director Nathanial Broadman and rallies his units to the cause.

Tossed in the mix are a new age lottery craving couple who know a little more than the average person about esoteric knowledge and throwing in a bit of palmistry, can basically tell if children are “special” and the bringers of auspicious omens. At times there are so many elements to grasp that it’s difficult to assemble what truly is the real story. Where essentially the real story is the salvation of a future civilization, it becomes lost with all the other equally powerful elements of the film.

Timothy Hutton and Joely Richardson play mom and dad Wilder, and where it’s notable to mention and compare that as far as SciFi families are concerned and the bond between them all is evident. For instance, The Neary family in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, Elliot and Gertie’s family in “E.T.”, and even The Freeling family in “Poltergeist”, there’s a family bond between them all which seems to be a disconnect in “Mimzy”. The Wilder parents are just there and that’s about it. There is no emotional content and link with the viewer.

While the concept and storyline is what essentially lays the framework for a potentially captivating film, the elements which create the film as a whole- cinematography and acting fall short and flat.
Rating: B-

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