Reviewed by: Maggie Hays
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|Featuring||Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Rainn Wilson, Joely Richardson, Megan McKinnon, Marc Thomas Musso|
|Distributor||New Line Cinema|
“The future is trying to tell us something.”
Here we have two children—brother and sister—who discover a strange box. Its contents are mysterious, and they begin to play with them, producing extraordinary effects. The children, themselves, develop hyper-intelligence and abilities like levitation. This is a fantasy tale—a science fiction story without nasty aliens. Mimzy is a “stuffed” rabbit in the box, who talks to the little girl and teaches her things, making her aware of her mission to save a lot of people.
Looking at this from the perspective of a Christian Mom, here are the things I found objectionable:
The boy’s teacher lives with his fiance, and they are seen in bed together, though not being sexual. In fact, I assumed they were married until he introduces her to the children’s parents.
Also, the teacher and his fiance are into eastern mysticism, often referring to their trip to Tibet. She practices Eastern meditation, and they pull out several books on the subject. They feel the books contain the answer to what is happening with the children.
There are no Christian references in the movie. The children and parents are not seen praying, going to church, or referring to the Lord at all. In fearful times, the children do not turn to God for help or guidance or protection. The parents display concern about their children, but never turn to God for help. The only guidance in the movie seems to come from the teacher’s Eastern religion-based knowledge.
As for language, I think I heard one “damn.”
Now, from the perspective of a Christian Mom, here are the things I found positive about the movie:
“The Last Mimzy” is a clean, family-friendly film. There are no sex-scenes or words that will make you gasp. No gore, no killings.
Though it is a fantasy/sci-fi movie, no monsters pop out of anyone’s stomach. Children will find this movie fascinating, not frightening, though very young children may find the movie a little slow and boring at first.
The special effects are very well done and not overly-done.
The children in the story are very likeable and nice to each other. The parents are not portrayed as Mr. and Mrs. Doofus, but are intelligent and love and respect their children. The father takes a leave of absence from work to help his wife sort out what is going on with the children and their strange new abilities. The family does not disrespect one another.
Violence: None / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: None
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