Last Mimzy, The (2007, USA) C-94m. SCOPE ** D: Bob Shaye. Starring Chris O'Neil, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Joely Richardson, Timothy Hutton, Rainn Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Clarke Duncan. Interesting science-fiction drama about two ordinary children, who find a mysterious cube on the beach one day. The toys(?) inside give them extraordinary abilities, and there's a stuffed bunny called Mimzy trying to communicate to the girl. It turns out the cube is from the future where mankind is at risk. Adapted from a short story by Lewis Padgett (a pseudonym for two authors), this is quite original, but script (by Bruce Joel Rubin and Toby Emmerich) has a few silly contrivances and is rooted in reality too much, with federal involvement completely unnecessary. Score by Howard Shore.

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