The Last Mimzy is a science fiction family film adapted from short story named Mimsy Were the Borogoves originally written in 1943 by Lewis Padgett. In fact, the titles of the book and the film featuring the word Mimzy or Mimsy are taken from the line of nonsense verse poem Jabberwocky in Lewis Carroll‘s classic novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, the sequel to the critically acclaimed novel Alice in Wonderland.
The movie tells a story of two siblings whose lives are changed when they found a mysterious box containing various strange shape toys. The younger sister, Emma, becomes addicted to one of the toys she found inside the box, a stuffed rabbit named Mimzy which could communicate with her and teaches her how to use various devices in the box. Playing with these toys, Emma and her elder brother, Noah, develop various super-natural activities as well as increased intelligence and brain activities. In fact, these mysterious devices come from the future to acquire something that could help mankind. The two children have to save the future with their abilities.
The film suffers from too many subplots. The adapted screenplay tackles American national security issue and integrates it with highly imaginative science fiction as well as a bit of superstitions like prophetic dreams and palm readings. All ingredients are too much to handle in one short movie.
All in all, the film is a good family movie. Even though the plot is predictable, it’s an enjoyable movie with excellent visual effects.
3 Stars out of 5 – recommend to all families of parents with teenagers children.