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!
This was a movie that I had missed in theaters and I am glad I did. This film had a lot of great ideas that make you think but they just couldn't make it work.
The movie is about two regular kids who live in Seattle and there is nothing special about these kids until they find a box in the ocean. They open it up and find several pieces of rock that is unknow origin to them and a stuffed bunny. The kids try to figure out what to do with items and while they were doing this they become smarter and they learn what they are supposed to with the items. While putting some of the items together they cause a blackout that is believed to be done by terrorists. The point of the children finding these items is because a scientist from another planet sent out a numerous amounts of the stuffed animal called Mimzy to find people to help them save their planet from being taken over from darkness that are within them. The Mimzy that the two children find is called the Last Mimzy being the fact that if no one returns that one then the people in the planet will be killed and taken over by evil.
The movie should of been a lot better because of the ideas that they were trying to show the audience but got taken over by typical family moments that make the movie more for kids. If it worked for both audiences(adults and children) then the movie would have been better but it turned into a movie that only little kids ould like with a lot of idea that are beyond their understanding.
Maybe 'Mimzy' couldn't get a break from me from the start. When I began planning to take my six-year-old daughter to see this movie, fond memories of watching E.T. at the theater with my mother began to bubble up in my mind. Now, E.T. was a truly good movie. It captured both heart and mind for me when I was a child. Perhaps that is a heavy standard to live up to.
Though, now that I think of it, I did just pay 16 bucks for tickets to 'Mimzy'. I think it should have at least been a good movie.
But 'Mimzy' was not a good movie. It barely ranked 'mediocre'. I do have to admit my daughter liked it. It had that going for it. And it wasn't excruciating to sit through -most- of it. But it was billed as a family film. Shouldn't a family film appeal to the -whole- family? Shouldn't an adult be able to enjoy it, too?
To begin with, the story is very slow. I spent the first half of the movie waiting for something to happen or waiting for the things that did happen to mean something to the plot. And, while I go to a any sci-fi movie understanding there has to be some 'willing supension of disbelief', this one asked for me to suspend too much about things I shouldn't have to. Stuffed bunny from the future that talks to children and is here to harvest DNA to save the world? Check. I'll suspend disbelief for that. A Homeland Security officer that apologiies for detaining a family suspected of terrorism and cheerfully leaves in his helicoptor after watching said bunny (and the daughter, nearly) be sucked into a vortex of swirling light? Um. No.
There are some heavy-handed 'Don't destroy our world' messages which seem to be in there just for the sake of agenda. I'm not philosophically opposed to the messages at all, but you don't have to pound it at me with a 2x4. As for acting and characters: the children were good, the science teacher and his girlfriend were fair, but the rest of the cast were completely one-dimensional. And the Homeland Security officer...oh lord.
The ending was very disappionting, from the swirling vortex and the bunny to the flying utopian children, with some neat special effects being the only saving grace. It was the kind of ending that made me think, 'Holy Cow, I can't believe some one thought that was worth wasting film on...'
Knowing that this movie was 'based' on a short story after I saw the movie I decided to check it out, figuring the screen writers must have missed something that would have made this story good. (It took some searching. Appearently, most copies of the story 'Mimsy were the Borogoves' have been removed from the internet by the owners of the copyright prior to the release of the film.) I was left even more befuddled. It's a very good short story. It is not, in almost EVERY way, anything like the story the screen adapters created for this movie.
I think I know what the film makers were trying to say ('Please, don't destroy our world and our humanity!!!'), but they really fell flat as far as delivery. The movie was so simple and almost trite about it, I almost want to go out a pollute people's DNA. And that's coming from a card-carrying, tree-hugging liberal.
Despite all that, like I said, my daughter really enjoyed it. It's worth a look if you have a child 7 to 10-ish who likes any of the following: rabbits, time-travel, science-fiction stories, swirly blue lights, Tibetan mandalas and Pink Floyd t-shirts. You'll be able to survive the time in the movie being moderately entertained and only slightly annoyed at the inanities.
Better yet. Rent the DVD when it comes out.