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Last Mimzy limits potential

A box of toys appears on the beach to be discovered by two children. What they come to use them for, however, becomes much more than an adolescent’s game. In The Last Mimzy, released on March 23, the future collides with the present in an attempt to save the world from a horrible fate.

The science-fiction film aimed at children was based on a 1943 story called “Mimsy Were the Borogoves” by Lewis Padgett (a penname for Henry Kuttner and Catherine L. Moore). According to the story, sometime in the distant future humans invent a time machine as well as toys to train their children to think in the abstract form of non-Euclidean mathematics (where 2+2 does not equal 4) that make such innovations possible.

In the original story, two boxes of toys were sent back in time and have a dramatic effect on the recipients. One was sent to Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll?s muse, who supposedly uses it to write the Jabberwocky poem (the title is a line from it) found in Through the Looking Glass, which the story claims was not nonsense but really a mathematical formula for time-travel. The other box is sent to two kids from the present day that the movie follows, loosely similar to the original.

Noah Wilder (Chris O?Neil) and his younger sister Emma (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) are relatively normal kids until they stumble upon the box of ?toys? containing, among others, spinning rocks and a stuffed bunny that Emma takes an immediate liking to. She claims the bunny?s name is Mimzy (ironic seeing as the original ?mimsy? was a blend of ?miserable? and ?flimsy?) and ?teaches her things? through a kind of mind communication.

Noah, despite being a seemingly mediocre student in all other respects, figures a way to reprogram spiders to build a revolutionary and remarkably strong bridge for his science fair. The movie makes it ambiguous as to whether the crystals that he uses to do this supply the creativity or if they simply channel his natural brainpower.

Emma seems to know things before they happen and scares a baby-sitter by showing her a ?magic trick? in which she makes the rocks spin and makes her arm dissolve into particles by sticking it in a force field.

Meanwhile, Noah?s science teacher (Rainn Wilson) and his fianc

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