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VINE VOICEon 19 March 2012
I remember vividly going to see Mimic upon its release back on July 2nd 1998. It barely got into UK cinemas, and was dumped in the tiny Screen 5 at the old Odeon cinema in Edinburgh for all of one week before disappearing. They'd never do that to a Guillermo Del Toro film now that he's a popular director. But even back then his trademark imagery of insects, muck, and oppressive weather were thick throughout the movie.

A strange virus carried by cockroaches is killing-off New York's kids until Entomologist (insect scientist) Susan Tyler (the tall, gorgeous, big-boobed Academy Award-winning Miro Sorvino, who just...vanished) and her boyfriend Peter Mann (Clive Owen's twin brother Jeremy Northam) create a new breed of cockroach to kill them off. With the children safe they all breath a sigh of relief. Then three years pass, with something sinister brewing beneath the city streets. People start to go missing in the subways, strange new insects are emerging from the grimy darkness, and what appears to be a man in a long coat is always watching from the gloomy corners.

Del Toro's vision for the film was compromised by the interference of Harvey Weinstein, who foolishly contradicted his judgment (this being the same guy who greenlit Grindhouse!). The resulting movie was disowned by Del Toro, which is a shame since you can really see the potential behind it. The planned ending for hundreds of Mimics standing around in Time Square station would have been amazing, and a natural follow-on to the plot that precedes it.

Instead the ending is rather lame, and the threat of the Mimics migrating through the tunnels and possibly taking over the world is ignored as soon as it's mentioned. A huge missed opportunity there. What a bleak, apocalyptic ending that would have been.

The so-called Director's Cut (the best parts of the script were never actually filmed) restores some minor plot points and gives us alternate dialogue. The biggest addition is the fact that Miro Sorvino's character is pregnant, but it adds NOTHING to the story, and feels rudely tacked-on.

A great example of a movie that good have been if only the producers had a clue what they were doing. For what it is...there are some decent moments to be had.

The Blu Ray presents the film in wonderfully icky 1.85:1 1080p with DTS HD-MA sound and a fair assortment of good extras.
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on 21 May 2002
I'm not a fan of men versus monster movies which are mostly full of violence, blood spouting, screaming, and chasing; they disgust me extremely. However I found myself enjoying Mimic. This thriller is more than just a fight against cunning and deadly monsters that terrorize Manhattan from subways. It begins with an effort to contain Strickler's disease where the impact is to create a more terrible enemy instead. Starring a superb cast, including the beautiful Mira Sorvino and amazing Jeremy Northam, Mimic not merely tells about how the heroes trying to save the city, but as they are given the chance to develop their characters -which the result is very well done (watch the interaction between and among characters) -the audience not only see how people run for their lives; but also can witness a drama of life. For example: how the main characters long to have a baby of their own and the amazing talent of a shoe-polisher's child.
This is an exceptional science-fiction about bug, fear, desperation and hope.
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on 24 July 2011
Dr. Susan Tyler is an entomologist, who along with her future husband Dr. Peter Mann have created a new breed of insect. There's a disease that's carried by cockroaches that's killing the children of Manhattan, so they've created a new breed of insect that secretes a fluid that kills cockroaches. They were designed to die off after one generation, but 3 years later they haven't died, they've mutated into giant sized insects that can mimic humans. It's now up to Susan, Peter, a few members of their team, a cop who had to act as a guide and a shoe shine worker whose son wandered off to stop them.

Mimic doesn't have any major stars, what it does have is a group of great actors who are here because of ability and not looks. Oscar winner Mira Sorvino is good as Susan, she shows a great range of emotions. Jeremy Northam is fine as her husband Peter, he did everything he had to do well without wowing me. Where Mimic is excellent is the supporting cast, there's Charles S. Dutton as Leonard the cop/reluctant guide. Oscar nominees Giancarlo Giannini and Josh Brolin give very good performances, and oscar winner F. Murray Abraham has a small role as Dr. Gates.

It was Guillermo Del Toro's first American movie as director, and his stylish, dark, creative imprint is all over it. Del Toro actually disowned the movie as he felt Bob Weinstein had interfered too much during filming, constantly coming to the set and insisting scenes be shot differently or even completely changed. This upset Del Toro enough that he didn't direct another film for 4 years, and that was the superb Devil's Backbone made back at home in Mexico/Spain where he had total creative control. He did return to America again the year later to direct Blade 2, the best of the series and the Hellboy films.

After the opening 40-45 minutes, the rest of the movie is set underground, beneath a subway station. Any fans of Del Toro will be used to the underground scenes as they appear in most of his movies, the visuals are superb and the dark tunnels are creepy and atmospheric. The giant insects are kept in the shadows for most of the movie, we do get to see them more clearly as the movie reaches it's climax. The $25,000,000 budget ensured that the effects were going to be good, and there's some fantastic set pieces. There's no nudity and very little gore, but there are several gross scenes involving the insects.

Mimic is a really good creature feature, essentially a very intelligent, expensive, well acted, brilliantly directed b-movie. I wouldn't hesitate to give Mimic 4 stars, but i'm not just reviewing the film, i'm reviewing the dvd. The picture quality is pretty good, but there's no extras at all. There's English subtitles only, and scene selection. The complete lack of extras is probably because Del Toro disowned it, his movies normally have excellent extras and i'd have loved a commentary for Mimic.

Mimic is similar in ways to The Relic that was made in the same year, studios quite often release very similar films around the same time that seem like the same script reworked. The Relic and Mimic both 1997. Armageddon and Deep Impact both 1998. The Illusionist and The Prestige both 2006. Mission To Mars and Red Planet both 2000. Dante's Peak and Volcano both 1997. Mimic is better than The Relic, but that's well worth checking out if you enjoy this.
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on 19 January 2012
A well made "creature-feature" with decently written characters, some cracking set pieces and atmosphere to spare. It might not be original but it works on every level. The blu ray transfer is however not as good as the film. In daylight or well lit scenes the picture looks great but when shifting to night scenes there is a considerable amount of grain to be found. There is also a lack of sharpness to the picture in the darker scenes which is a problem. The sound quality is however really good with a 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio.

Picture quality: 3/5
Audio quality: 4.5/5
Movie: 4/5
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on 18 May 2006
I'm fussy about the horror/sci-fi I watch but "Mimic" I actually quite liked.

The plot it not overly complex, a scientist finds a cure for a terrible disease but at a cost that no one is aware they are going to have to pay at some point in time.

Enter a couple of years later two scientists (one who found the cure and her husband), a shoe cleaner/cobbler and his autistic grandson who live near a train station where the horror that is lurking in the form of insects that can mimic human form are hiding out, a world weary security guard and the usual monster insect fodder (people in lay man's terms!) and you have a surprisingly intelligent film.

A bit on the gruesome side at times but quite suspenseful and it certainly makes you jump when you least expect it. The scene in the old train carriage is quite heart stopping and the boy actor who plays the autistic child is especially good with his savant ability to know people by the sound of their footsteps along with the size and make of shoe they wear.

It gets a solid four out five and is definitely a film you'd watch with your pals unless you are very brave and totally scare proof which by the way I am not!
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on 29 September 2014
A virulent new disease is killing the children of Manhattan and has reached epidemic proportions. Peter Mann in desperation asks the entomologist, Dr. Susan Tyler, if she can help by killing the disease carrier, the common cockroach. Susan genetically engineers a new species of predatory insect to exterminate the cockroach and then die off. This novel solution works and the children recover but nature isn't the laboratory and things don't exactly go according to plan. Three years later people start to disappear, mutilated bodies are found and wild rumors of giant insects mimicking man start to emerge from the bag people living in the subway under Manhattan. Peter and Susan are called in to investigate.

Well directed, good cast and good acting from the main lead. The film never gives away what the monster looks like and keeps you wondering what it is.and watching in suspense, decent special effects for the 90's.They paid attention to the science without becoming clinical about it.
The film is dark with an atmosphere that is truly frightening, like a nightmare. It is beautiful and haunting and draws you in like any well told story.

Recut and presented with in-depth special features that take you inside the film, MIMIC: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT restores Guillermo Del Toro's vision for this chilling modern cult classic.

EXTRAS:

- Video prologue with director Guillermo del Toro
- Audio commentary with director/co-writer Guillermo del Toro
- "Reclaiming Mimic" Featurette
- "A leap in evolution - the creatures of Mimic" featurette
- "Back into the tunnels - shooting Mimic" featurette
- Deleted scenes
- Storyboard animatics
- Gag reel
- Theatrical trailer

Overall a good horror film would recommend this to any horror fan enjoy!
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on 18 December 2011
Best in the trilogy, the original 'Mimic' benefits from well-designed and revealed creatures, interesting characters such as the autistic boy and a cracking plot, all three of which went sadly missing in the sequels.
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Three years ago a deadly virus spread by cockroaches was killing the children of Manhattan ...Dr Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvina)
creates a mutant-breed of insects that secrete fluids to kill the cockroaches.
The experiment was a huge success, the virus was eradicated, the insects were discarded and expected to die, only they
didn't, they survived and evolved into a much larger creature which could mimic human-form.
The creatures now have become a threat to human-kind their only predator
'Susan' along with partner Dr Peter Mann must now find a way to destroy what Susan had inadvertently genetically created.
When searching in the tunnels below the streets of New York they become trapped by the creatures, it becomes a desperate
battle of survival.
A decent 90's Horror-Movie played out largely in the darkness of the disused and dark underground of New York.
Some decent animatics/graphics and one or two gory moments along the way.
A good Blu-ray upgrade

.Exclusive Features -.
Mimic the Directors Cut
Video Prologue with Director Gullerrio Del Torro
Audio Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Gullerrio Del Torro
A leap in evolution - The Creatures of Mimic - featurette
Back into the Tunnels - Shooting Mimic' featurette
Reclaiming Mimic' featurette
Deleted Scenes
Storyboard Animatics
Gag Reel.
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on 21 January 2014
Mimic is Del Toro's most straight forward film. A traditional monster movie with a smattering of his trademark gothic styling's. A scientist decides to play God (as they do) and creates a super bug which will eliminate their city's cockroach problem. The bug wipes them out quickly and is then supposed to die off naturally which of course it doesn't.

This bug then grows up and starts its own colony in the subway system. To disguise itself it mimics humans and hangs around dark alleys waiting for its prey.

It's all pretty standard stuff and is suitably creepy to begin with. It takes on a sort of stalker vibe to start but then quickly descends into a fun but unimaginative second half when our group of protagonists go underground in search of the bugs.

Some ropey looking effects and slightly cringing acting only add to its quirky charm but there really is nothing new here. The Blu-ray transfer is also a little disappointing with no discernible increase in picture or sound quality.

A fun film which acts more as a stepping stone to Del Toro's greater efforts.
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on 13 November 2013
A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing the children of Manhattan.

In an effort to stop the epidemic an entomologist, Susan Tyler, creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches.

This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into large monsters that can mimic human form......

After watching his movie, you will understand why Del Toro disowned it. The film has flashes of his brilliance, and at times, a wonderful creation is dying to get out, but then the Weinstein sheen takes over, and ruins the unique factor the movie had.

Not all Weinstein films have that sheen though, but you find more of their trademark 'editing' in smaller films like this, especially prolific directors who want to bring their genius to Hollywood.

So what you are left with is a generic B-movie, with a beautiful Oscar winner in it, The Bad Guy from The Net, Diane Lanes Ex, and the brilliant Charles S. Dutton.

The cast sounds good, but the material is dire. For the rest of the movie, we have kids selling bugs, the worst subways in the world, and a strange figure that spends half the film staring at people, and the other half attacking them, all in a really dark movie.

The cast are better than this, and if Sorvino made better choices in 1997 rather than this and Romy and Michelle, she would be huge today.

Shame really.
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