Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Blade 2), Mimic is the story Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino), an entomologist who thought she solved the cockroach problem in New York City. She engineers a breed of insect named Judas that will eat the roaches, but since it can not reproduce, it should die off in 6-12 months. Years after the release of the Judas bug, Susan discovers that not only did the Judas not die off, but it’s growing bigger and bigger each generation. She, along with her husband, decide to head into the subway system to see what they can find, and what they do is nothing they could have imagined.
I know there are plenty of monster horror movies out there and most of them suck. Most of them tell the same story and kill its cast off in the same ways. Mimic to the naked eye seems to be one of those movies, but as you get into it, you begin to see how different it is. Guillermo del Toro is one of the best sci-fi directors out there and he makes pretty good quality fantasy movies. The monster in Mimic isn’t just one, but several hundred bugs that are smart and instinctual. The secluded subway keeps the audience trapped along with the characters which add to the suspense from the creepy-crawlies. It might be due to the decade that I grew up (was only 13 in 1997), but Mimic always since highly in my brain as a quality suspenseful horror.
8/10 Stars – Might be too formulaic, but it still does it job and scares
Like most horror flicks, I watched this at the urging of my hubby. This is one that I just have to completely disagree with him on. Usually even if the horror film scares the bejeepers out of me I still can find something to appreciate it in…not this one. It was just too out there for me. On top of which roaches just creep me out way too much, and this was like see them life like walking around. No thank you! I just don’t think I had any chance of appreciating this one no matter how unique it might be from the other films out there. It did scare me, so I guess it accomplished its goal!
4/10 Stars – Like I said, you may like it but not me, just way too much for me to handle
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