The Last Mimzy is a film from New Line Cinema which was made in 2007. It is based on a short story by Leigh Pagett (a husband and wife writing team) which was written in 1943. The story deals with a brother and sister who are sent some “toys” from the future, one of which is a stuffed rabbit called Mimzy. The purpose of these mysterious toys is to collect a pure DNA sample to help decontaminate the future from pollutants.
Emma Wilder (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) and her brother Noah Wilder (Chris O’Neil) are your typical older brother/younger sister duo until they discover a mysterious box on a beach. They slowly discern the purpose for what the items in the box are for and proceed to work together. Their parents, played by Timothy Hutton and Joely Richardson, who are a bit clueless when it comes to their children’s lives are suddenly forced to deal with the kids sudden changes. Rainn Wilson (from The Office) plays Larry White, Noah’s science teacher, who becomes suspicious when Noah, an average student, wins a science fair (with help from one of the future toys). Another character that I would like to mention is Special Agent Broadman (Michael Clarke Duncan). Duncan plays an FBI agent in charge of finding out the source for a total blackout in Seattle. Guess where his investigation leads him? You got it, the Wilder family.
Personally, I thought that everyone did a fine job of acting. Kathryn Hahn’s portrayal of the New Age fiance of Rainn Wilson was a bit annoying but not overly weird. I don’t know if the original short story dealt with climate change (the mental pollution of the film) or not, but it wasn’t preachy about it. The film is basically a historical retelling of how the future Earth was saved from ecological destruction. Overall, the movie didn’t bore me and the acting was excellent. I give it 5 stars out of 5.