Director: Robert Shaye
It’s hard to be objective for family films. While the target audience is of course the Shrek generation, all two often “family films” are nothing more than 90 minute commercials. While not without it’s morally questionable product placements, The Last Mimzy must be given it’s due credit.
The plot pretty much boils down to the classic, kids fantasy land that parents can’t see (until the end). A future alien civilization has sent magical trinkets back in time in hopes of finding a cure for their plight. The trinkets involve spinning rocks, a talking rabbit doll, and some seashells.
The movie was adapted from the classic Lewis Padgett science fiction short story "Mimsy Were The Borogroves," The majority of the film involves brother and sister duo Chris O'Neil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, who stumble upon the otherworldly toys thereby giving them cool powers. Exposure to the toys shows Wryn to be a ‘pure’ being and turns her brother from video game freak into super genius.
And of course, no family film is complete without a message.
This one is actually pretty good. First it comments on the fact that there
are too many damn TV’s out there. Including the portable video game
systems that have people all but glued to fictional worlds. The bigger
message is one of our downright appalling treatment of nature in the way
of polluting and DNA modification. Things we seem to teach our children
that are wrong, but we conveniently forget when there’s money to