Mimic (1997)

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7.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 8/10

Cool creatures

Weak story

 
Movie Info

Movie Name: Mimic

Studio: Dimension/Miramax

Genre(s): Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Release Date(s): August 22, 1997

MPAA Rating: R

 

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Genetically engineered pests…sounds like a good idea…right?

A disease infested cockroach outbreak leads to Dr. Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) creating a super genetically engineered cockroach to stop the outbreak.  Time passes and although the genetic creations were supposed to die, mutation occurs.  Now, the creatures are living in the sewers and preying on humans, and Tyler realizes her experiment might have gone out of control.

Mimic was directed by Guillermo del Toro, and Guillermo had lots of problem with the film.  There were reports of fights with Bob Weinstein and Guillermo disowned the film.  Since, its released and with Guillermo’s popularity, Mimic has gained some cult popularity, and Guillermo has released a reedited director’s cut.

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Hey, this looks like my grandma!

Acting and directing-wise, Mimic is fine.  It has a decent cast and looks fantastic.  The creature design is interesting, and the computer animation is mixed in well with the real designs.  The movie is very dark (like many Guillermo movies) and it is sometimes a bit hard to follow the action as a result.

The biggest problem with Mimic is the story.  First, the basic premise is pretty generic and feels done before.  The movie The Nest (1988) had a similar story.  The second next problem is that once the group gathers at the subway car, the movie dies.  It gets pretty dull and drags.  The ending all works out too well, and it feels like there should be some sort of kicker…but nothing.

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Hey Mr. Funny-Shoes!

Mimic is just a so-so movie.  Guillermo’s Spanish speaking titles (like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone) are so much better than English speaking films, and of his English speaking films, this one is near the bottom.  Mimic was followed by Mimic 2 (2001) and Mimic 3:  Sentinel (2003).

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Mimic 2 (2001)

Mimic 3:  Sentinel (2003)

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