Spring break here in Michigan was wet, snowy and cold. As a result, we were all experiencing cabin fever. Nothing like having two kids home for a week with all that energy and being unable to wear it off outside! We decided to go to the movies one rainy day and checked out the recent release The Last Mimzy. Here's the review:
The movie is about two kids, Noah and Emma, who find a mysterious box on the beach while vacationing with their parents. The box is filled with odd objects that illuminate, spin and do other bizarre things. Emma finds a stuffed rabbit who "tells her" that his name is Mimzy. The objects in the box give the kids special powers which ultimately freak their parents, sitter and the FBI out.
Mimzy was sent back in time by future generations to fix a genetic fault that threatens the future of humanity. What the genetic fault and its cause remains unclear to me. It apparently had something to do with chemicals, toxins and lack of caring. That was a little confusing to me, however, the kids didn't seem to care about it. Anyhow, many Mimzy's had been sent back in time over the years in attempt to change this genetic default to no avail. Hence, Emma's Mimzy is the last. The kids understand the mission as Mimzy, the creepy rabbit (well, to me at least) has told her what needs to be done. A bridge needs to be built to the future with the help of her brother who has acquired the ability to build complex structures and talk to bugs. Okay, this all sounds pretty weird, but my kids really enjoyed it. Here's the overview:
Violence: Other than the FBI bursting into the home and scaring the bejesus out of the family, myself and my kids, there was no real violence.
Strong Language: None.
Sexual Innuendo: I started to get a little worried when Raine Wilson (who plays Noah's teacher) starts to make out with his fiance in bed, however, it goes no further.
Creepy Factor: I found the movie creepy at times. Noah's "spider talk," Mimzy's creepy voice, Emma's bizarre skills (spinning stones, talking to a stuffed rabbit, etc.) all left me feeling a little creeped out. The kids, however, thought it was all "cool."
Scary Images: There were a couple of scary images, e.g., martians, bugs, etc., here and there.
Final Tally: The Last Mimzy is not "E.T." In the latter, you really cared about the ugly but lovable extra-terrestrial. While you wanted Mimzy to get home to save the future, the emotional connection to the characters was just not there (for me at least). I wouldn't recommend this movie for kids under that age of eight due to the creepiness factor. The kids give it four stars. I give it two and a half. In summary, wait until it comes out on dvd.
Did you see the movie? What did you think? Post your review!