The Last Mimzy (Widescreen Infinifilm Edition)
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Based on the acclaimed sci-fi short story by Lewis Padgett, The Last Mimzy tells the story of two children who discover a mysterious box containing strange devices they think are toys. As the siblings explore the unique objects, they begin to display higher and higher intelligence levels -- growing far beyond genius. Realizing that something extraordinary is happening, the children embark on a mission to save our future before time runs out and things quickly spin wildly out of control.]]>
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This is as close to a perfect science fiction film as anything that Hollywood is capable of: there is no gratuitous violence or promiscuous sex, no swearing and no blood and no death, no explosions or natural disasters or gunplay or swordfights or monsters or aliens or robots or mutants or cyborgs or comic-book-type-superheroes or mad scientists bent on world domination, none of the things Hollywood likes to ruin science fiction with. Instead good acting and flawless direction, coupled with special effects that don't overpower and dominate everything else in the film and a great--not good, but GREAT IN CAPITALS--story and a wonderful little moral message about not losing our fellow feeling for other people, the sort of social consciousness that no one could possibly object to. If you have kids, buy this thing for your kids, then buy another one for yourself. If you don't have kids, buy one anyways. The film is adapted from a 1943 short story written by Henry Kuttner (one of the leading science fiction writers of the day) with his wife, Catherine (C. L. Moore the original Goddess of Dark Fantasy greatest unmitigated literary genius of the early twentieth century) who were then quite popular and influential but have in the decades since fallen into almost complete obscurity. There is a book called "The Last Mimzy" which should be considered the essential companion to the film. The story in the book is similar to, but not identical with, the story of the movie; and there are sixteen other stories in the book, all of them every bit as good (with most of their collaborative work, Ms. Kuttner declined a byline). They wrote hundreds of stories, novels, and film, radio, and TV scripts under dozens of pen names. Perhaps the best is "Fury", from 1947.
I took my family to see this movie without knowing much about it and - Wow! What a delight. In today's culture, it's quite difficult to find entertainment that appeals to both adults and kids.
The Last Mimzy did a great job of carrying us through a roller-coaster of emotions while unfolding an interesting, fun, and memorable storyline. The special effects are good and the interaction between characters was enjoyable. It is apparent that special attention and care went into the production of this film.
Looking forward to the arrival of our DVD!
The story's great, the casting and effects are enthralling. I think "Mimzy" is destined to be a children's classic. While the young ones won't really understand what the story means right now, I think it's one they will watch again and again--and a valuable lesson will sink in.
First, let me start off by saying that I am a theoretical physicist. Second, that I generally do not like sci-fi movies or books. The reason is that they often try to give some sort of high-tech explanation that ruins it for me because the explanations are often written by individuals who only "may" understand the science at a low level.
This is why I loved this movie. The critics panned this movie because they said that the story was too disjointed. Too many plot elements: Was the whole thing in the future environmental as was "preached" by the hippie science teacher? Should we take a closer look at new age ideas? Is the Patriot Act bad? Pick a plot and go with it. If you watch the movie then you will understand why they make these comments. I agree that there was a myriad of plot elements, and this is EXACTLY why I loved this movie. They never really explained anything except that people can't travel through time. What they do "do" is allow you to view some strange events and that's it. They don't say "worm hole", even though the idea inspired the special effects. They don't find the secret of the universe in a crystal. In fact, the hippie science teacher is really a skeptic. Again, they don't really pick any perspective to "explain" things, which is why it worked for me. Explain enough for me to get the general gist of why things are happening and for what purpose and don't ruin it with technical "explanations" that are simply wrong. I read one review how this would not appeal to serious minded adults. Well maybe I am just not serious.
One more thing, the reason for not giving it 5 stars. The ending was too quick. The main part was fine, but Duncan's character was dumb.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this movie! Very inspiring! Have seen it multiple times with my children and grandchildren.Published 1 day ago by Patricia DeSandro
This movie is great and a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it. It has the right amount of action mixed with a deeper sense of beauty.Published 16 days ago by Tim
The film is a very enjoyable "Science--Fantasy" with various sub-plots which add to the movie's uniqueness. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Carlos M. Mora
I saw the movie years ago and loved it, so I bought it to play for my kids. The movie itself is worth 5 stars, but when I put the disc into my PS3 to play (PS3 plays both DVD and... Read morePublished 28 days ago by wundermut
Great story...I highly recommend it. This may not hold the interest of anyone under 6 or so...it is SCI-FI, so if you aren't into SCI-FI, this won't do it for you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yeshua Loves You
Really a great movie for children of any age and can be watched over and over without getting sick of it. Although dated, this movie is timeless. A great family movie.Published 1 month ago by cr
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I need CC with this movie. I can't understand most of what is being said.
Feb 1, 2013 by Larry K. Peckham | See all 2 posts
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2001 A Space Odyssy where a computer murders the astronaut. Excellent symbols of how jobs have been replaced by automation. Second place: Demon Seed where a computer impregnates Julie Christie.
May 4, 2010 by Hollywood Hack | See all 2 posts
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