Last Mimzy
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Last Mimzy

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Director: Robert Shaye

Cast: Chris O'Neil, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Joely Richardson

     
 

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New Line Cinema founder Robert Shaye's directorial debut, the family-friendly science-fiction tale The Last Mimzy is an adaptation of a short story by Lewis Padgett. The story concerns a young brother and sister, Noah and Emma Wilder (Chris O'Neil and Rhiannon LeighSee more details below

Overview

New Line Cinema founder Robert Shaye's directorial debut, the family-friendly science-fiction tale The Last Mimzy is an adaptation of a short story by Lewis Padgett. The story concerns a young brother and sister, Noah and Emma Wilder (Chris O'Neil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn), who discover a strange box of artifacts one day while vacationing at the family's summer cottage. When the objects in the box begin to act in strange and mysterious ways, the pair decides to hide it from their mother (Joely Richardson) and workaholic father (Timothy Hutton). When Noah begins to display a previously unknown flair for advanced scientific concepts, the boy's teacher (Rainn Wilson) takes an interest in him. The two youngsters soon become the object of much interest from the government after their new discovery causes a large blackout. Eventually, the duo discovers that they are responsible for helping save the future of humankind, and Emma's precious stuffed rabbit might be something much more than it appears to be.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
As the longtime head of New Line Cinema, Robert Shaye showed a keen talent for coming up with the iconic element that helps sell a big movie. From the creative kills of the Nightmare on Elm Street series to the vast spectacle of the Lord of the Rings films, Shaye built an impressive empire as an executive producer by finding the hook in a movie that makes it memorable. The Last Mimzy was his first attempt at directing a feature, and the finished film definitely reflects his talent for finding and playing up the epic movie moment. The appealing low-tech special effects and the childhood sense of wonder that permeate the film help sell what is actually a very gentle and humanistic story. When it's not inspiring awe with big bangs and moments of excitement, the film offers some lovely passages, particularly the extended sequence where the children (Chris O'Neil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) discover the mysterious items sent to them from the future. The two young performers radiate an innocence and an inquisitiveness that's reflected in the overall tone of the film, highlighting the movie's respect for children's innate sense of wonder. These enthralling sections help gloss over the film's imperfections, like clunky scenes that include an overly frightening sequence, lifted shamelessly from E.T., where a happy family moment is shockingly interrupted by uniform-clad government agents who abduct the foursome and place them in black vans. This is one of only two scenes where the film emotionally clobbers the audience, but adults can forgive Shaye these moments because his heart is in the right place. He treats his actors very well, especially Rainn Wilson, who offers welcome support as the young boy's science teacher, giving the children another adult they can trust. Joely Richardson and Timothy Hutton suffer slightly in the roles of the parents, largely because the screenplay seems to arbitrarily change their attitudes and their motivations a from scene to scene. But such discrepancies are easy to dismiss because Shaye understands how to sell the big scenes that stay with an audience after the movie is over.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2007
UPC:
0794043106934
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
41,162

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-Access Pass features:; Feature-length audio commentary from director Bob Shaye; Roger Waters - "Hello (I Love You)" music video; Deleted scenes with an introduction and audio commentary from director Bob Shaye; Adapting the Story; Bob Shaye: Director Profile; Casting the Kids; Production Design and Concept Art - with optional commentary by director Bob Shaye and production designer Barry Chusid; Real is Good: The Visual Effects; Editing and Music; Theatrical trailer; Beyond-the-MovieTM featurettes:; The Mandala: An Imaginary Palace; The Looking Glass: Emma and Alice; Sound Waves: Listening to the Universe; DNA: The Human Blueprint; Nanotechnology: The Human Revolution; Wormholes: Fantasy or Science; Interactive game

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris O'Neil Noah Wilder
Rhiannon Leigh Wryn Emma Wilder
Joely Richardson Jo Wilder
Timothy Hutton David Wilder
Rainn Wilson Larry White
Kathryn Hahn Naomi Schwartz
Michael Clarke Duncan Nathanial Boardman
Howard Shore Conductor

Technical Credits
Robert Shaye Director,Executive Producer
Yuri Afanasiev Set Decoration/Design
Brin Alexander Stunts
Andrei Andrianko Set Decoration/Design
Peter Bodnarus Set Decoration/Design
Susan Brouse Casting
Alex Burdett Special Effects Supervisor
Lynne Carrow Casting
Barry Chusid Production Designer
Joanna Coons Stunts
Douglas Craik Camera Operator
Danetracks, Inc. Sound/Sound Designer
Dane A. Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Ross Dempster Art Director
Toby Emmerich Screenwriter
Justis Greene Executive Producer
James V. Hart Original Story
Alan Heim Editor
Cody Laudan Stunts
Lawrence Manchester Sound Mixer
Karen Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
J. Michael Muro Cinematographer
Orphanage Animator
Gerald Paetz Stunts
Michael Phillips Producer
Sara Risher Executive Producer
Brian Rose Camera Operator
Bruce Joel Rubin Screenwriter
Howard Shore Score Composer
Margery Simkin Casting
Sharon Simms Stunts
Carol Skilken Original Story
Jonna Smith Associate Producer
Cameron Sonerson Animator
Mike Topoozian Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Last Mimzy
2. The Story of Mimzy [:31]
3. An Ordinaru Family [:32]
5. Whidbey Island [3:03]
6. Mimzy the Teacher [:47]
8. Vivid Dreams [1:20]
9. Heightend Senses [:02]
10. Dimensions [2:48]
13. The Teacher and the Student [:15]
15. "Can I Show You Something?" [1:04]
19. Lights Out [2:21]
20. Building a Bridge [:48]
21. A Very Special Hand [2:27]
24. A Look Into the Future [:49]
27. Under Surveillance [:11]
30. An Early Exit [2:20]
32. Time Travel [:32]
35. Epilogue [1:27]
36. End Credits [3:01]
2. The Story of Mimzy [:31]
3. An Ordinaru Family [:32]
5. Whidbey Island [3:03]
6. Mimzy the Teacher [:47]
8. Vivid Dreams [1:20]
9. Heightend Senses [:02]
10. Dimensions [2:48]
13. The Teacher and the Student [:15]
15. "Can I Show You Something?" [1:04]
19. Lights Out [2:21]
20. Building a Bridge [:48]
21. A Very Special Hand [2:27]
24. A Look Into the Future [:49]
27. Under Surveillance [:11]
30. An Early Exit [2:20]
32. Time Travel [:32]
35. Epilogue [1:27]
36. End Credits [3:01]
1. The Story of Mimzy [1:00]
2. An Ordinary Family [:31]
3. Whidbey Island [:32]
4. Mimzy the Teacher [:28]
5. Vivid Dreams [3:03]
6. Heightened Senses [:47]
7. Dimensions [2:31]
8. The Teacher and the Student [1:20]
9. "Can I Show You Something?" [:02]
10. Lights Out [2:48]
11. Building a Bridge [1:47]
12. A Very Special Hand [1:57]
13. A Look Into the Future [:15]
14. Under Surveillance [3:22]
15. An Early Exit [1:04]
16. Time Travel [:21]
17. Epilogue [1:05]
18. End Credits [2:37]

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