The Last Mimzy
Time Out says
Playing on the shore of the Puget Sound, Noah (O’Neil) and Emma (Wryn) find an ornate cube containing blue crystalline rocks, some sort of extraterrestrial crustacean and an ordinary-looking velveteen rabbit. Wouldn’t you know it, these treasures grant the kids extraordinary abilities, such as levitating, telekinesis and communication with spiders through high frequencies. (Note to self: Next time I find an alien toy box lying around on the beach, do not throw away; give it to my daughter so she can force arachnids to do her bidding.) The plush animal, nicknamed Mimzy, also seems to be sending Emma messages of a rather worrisome nature...something about the need to save a dying planet far, far away.
And a stuffed bunny shall lead them! Playing hooky from his day job as New Line’s CEO, director Bob Shaye turns Lewis Padgett’s kid-lit short story into an empowering, pro-ecological children’s film. You just hope that Steven Spielberg doesn’t sue for plagiarism, as The Last Mimzy mimics E.T. to an alarming degree, down to the nasty government agents; you almost expect their cute li’l friend to demand Reese’s Pieces. Still, it’s refreshing to be reminded that an intelligent, exciting family movie isn’t always an oxymoron. (Opens Fri; Click here for venues.) — David Fear