Written by: Googopqp
From Guillermo Del Toro comes this unique thriller about a genetically altered species of cochroaches in an abandoned subway. The cochroaches were made to kill off these infected roaches that were spreading some sort of disease or something and killing people in the city, so the genetically altered roaches were sent in to kill them. But the new roaches were supposed to die off within a month or so, but they didn't. The lady involved with the creation of these roaches has these two young kids who want to find new stuff for her cause she pays them. One day they bring her a strange bug and it turns out to be linked with the roaches that were supposed to have all dyed off, and its just a baby...and its huge....but they get bigger. So she goes with her lover to find where the kids found the bug, but are stopped by a security guard. But the lady isn't satisfied, so she goes back but one of the bugs take her and she wakes up somewhere unknown. Meanwhile, her lover and the security guard are going with Josh Brolin to look for some of the bugs to get a specimen but the girls lover and the guard fall off a balcony and are stuck so Josh Brolin's character is off to find help. Meanwhile meanwhile, a shoe polisher named Manny is looking for his lost son, or grandson maybe, who is alittle special handicapped. Manny runs into the girl and they both meet up with the guard and the girl's lover, but they are attacked by one of the giant roaches and they take refuge in an old train cart. Will they make it out and warn people or will they become stuck down there?
Mimic gets its name because some species mimic their predators to avoid them or what not. These roach things mimic humans to get by which is why no one has noticed them before, they blend somewhat in and can go by unnoticed even though they are building a colony.
Mimic was an interesting and unique film that shows some early signs of Del Toro's skills as a director, although not fully developed they are still in the works. The CGI if you call it that in this movie is the real downside to this movie, cause it does look bad but the movie is from the 90's and all 90's CGI type effects looked terrible. But, there are some good effects like explosions and some gory stuff on walls and what not that I liked.
This movie is not a flat out horror film but it obviously fits in the genre. Its a bit of a suspensefull movie or a sci-fi movie.
The story kept me interested throughout the whole thing and the characters and acting was well done and enjoyable. There are some kids in the movie that you don't expect to die but for some reason they do, and actually that is rare in mainstream-ish movies and actually I liked that. Call me sick, but is it worse than watching teens die in slashers? No, I'm not saying, "These kids deserved to die KILL THEM!" I'm just saying for a more mainstream movie you don't really expect that, and most of all...these kids got owned. Literally.
Anyways, The cast to this movie is good and there are some familiar faces. The guy who plays Manny, the shoe polisher, I have seen in many movies but never know his name, he's one of those actors who do a lot of supporting roles. His name is Giancarlo Giannini. Then there is Josh Brolin who is always a good actor and playing the right character. Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northan, Alexander Goodwin also make up the cast.
Overall, Mimic is a unique insect movie that is interesting along with enjoyable. It doesn't drag on very much, but in some places its quite boring. But regardless, this is a movie to check out, if you can get past the bad 90's effects and the talking you will most likely enjoy this one. I give Mimic a 7/10!!!!