Mimic

Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin, Giancarlo Giannini, Josh Brolin, Charles S Dutton, F. Murray Abraham, Norman Reedus

Subgenre: Science Fiction-Horror

Synopsis: Genetically engineered insects designed to kill disease spreading cockroaches continue to evolve and mutate rapidly.

Thoughts: Bugs make my skin crawl, so when I watch a movie like Mimic, I pretty much start the movie creeped out. In addition to the insect focal point, Mimic is filled to the brim with creepy atmosphere, tense scenes and that damn clicking noise that the Judas Breed makes.  I don’t know what it is about that particular noise, but it makes the hair on my arms stand up.  It is very reminiscent of the sound from Ju-On (which is another very freaky movie) and is used to great effect in Mimic.

Guillermo del Toro was still a pretty unknown commodity when he set about making this film, so it is surprising that he pulled a rather impressive cast for Mimic. Mira Sorvino and Josh Brolin both played major parts of the story and did excellent jobs.  Mimic also features a couple of heavyweights in supporting roles in Charles S Dutton and F Murray Abraham and a pre-Boondock Saints Norman Reedus.  Mimic is worth watching for the cast alone.

From the very early stages of his career, del Toro showed a knack for fantastic storytelling and a very impressive eye with the camera. His work has always skirted the borders of horror and fantasy, but I think Mimic is much more in the horror sci-fi realm.  It’s a great example of his early work and just part of what I consider an outstanding resume. We haven’t been treated to a Guillermo del Toro movie since 2008’s Hellboy sequel, but that is set to change with this summer’s mega release Pacific Rim, which I am TOTALLY psyched for.

So, with Mimic, you have a great cast, an outstanding early example of a star director’s work, and a solid story line in a creepy setting, what’s not to like?  For me, not much.  I love this movie and am not sure why it doesn’t get more love.  I do think that the Director’s Cut is a far superior film to the theatrical release, so maybe that initial run was reason for its poor reputation (or lack of a reputation really). If you haven’t had a chance to check out the DC yet, the Blu Ray can be found rather cheap, usually less than $10. I highly suggest revisiting the movie if it’s been awhile, just keep a can of Raid handy.

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