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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mimic is more than just a thriller
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...
Published on 21 May 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Del Toro's disappointment
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...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mimic is more than just a thriller, 21 May 2002
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This review is from: Mimic [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray review, 19 Jan 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best in the series, 18 Dec 2011
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Mr. L. Garbutt (UK) - See all my reviews
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life finds a way, sometimes you wish it couldn't!, 18 May 2006
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This review is from: Mimic [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Del Toro's disappointment, 19 Mar 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not a mammal, 16 Jan 2009
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mimic [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
In 1997, Guillermo del Toro was not a rising legend in the movie business -- in fact, he was a relative newbie.

So obviously the sci-horror flick "Mimic" was an attempt to forge roads in the rough world of Hollywood. It's a flawed gem among horror movies -- it builds up a sense of slow, shadowy horror based on what could happen if humans play God, loaded with symbolism and eerie clicking noises. But it also has an insane climax, and Del Toro's direction often gets buried under the scares.

In the near future, children are ravaged by a cockroach-carried disease. Dr. Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) creates a solution -- a sterile mantis/termite crossbreed that will destroy the cockroaches, then die.

A few years later, Susan buys bugs from some street kids -- and finds a Judas larva among them (which promptly vanishes). Then the kids go missing... as do the subway dwellers. When an enormous dead insect is found washed into the water treatment plant, Susan knows for sure that the Judas bug has not only survived and reproduced -- but it's evolving at a ghastly rate.

Meanwhile, her hubby Peter Mann (Jeremy Northam), subway cop Leonard (Charles Dutton) and an immigrant (Giancarlo Giannini) looking for his autistic son all venture down into the deserted subways. But Susan has run afoul of the Judas insects -- and as all the humans huddle in an abandoned subway car, she finds that the insects have evolved even further than she thought.

The filming of "Mimic" was apparently a pretty bad one -- Bob Weinstein and Del Toro apparently argued a lot, and Del Toro later compared the final film to a pretty girl with her arms chopped off. Sadly, a lot of Del Toro's unique style was stripped from it, since the creep factor (an autistic boy wanders through a ruined chapel) and religious symbolism get smothered in lots of "boo!" bug scares.

But he does give "Mimic" a lot of atmosphere -- it's cloaked in a bleak, grimy, rainy atmosphere, full of decayed old subways and tangles of rusty pipes. While the science is sketchy at best, Del Toro manages to give the vaguely humanoid bugs a special quality of horror -- though the idea of insects mimicking a coated, hat-wearing man sounds silly, their crusty eyeless "faces" are pretty ghastly.

The first half of the movie is something of a bio-mystery, slowly building the suspense about where these bugs are, and how much they've evolved. Then the story explodes into a "Night of the Living Dead"-style horror flick, with the fearful humans trapped in a small space with bugs about to smash inside, and picking them off if they venture out.

The biggest problem? The ending. Both Susan and Peter face off against the bugs in a literally explosive finale -- the events of which stretch credibility until it snaps and zings you in the face. Really quite bad.

Sorvino and Northam are a bit stiff at first, but both blossom when one of the bugs carries her off into the tunnels -- after that their performances are full of barely-restrained hysteria. Charles S. Dutton is the scene-stealer here as a blues-singing, sharp-tongued cop who finds himself in over his head, and ends up being the most heroic of them all.

Buried under the surface of "Mimic" is a brilliant horror film, but the plot is dragged down by a hokey ending and mutilated direction. Maybe we'll get lucky and have a "director's cut."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Evolution has a way of keeping things alive", 24 July 2011
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This review is from: Mimic [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Evolution has a way of keeping things alive., 29 Sep 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Mimic, 9 Aug 2014
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Naomi_B (southport,england) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mimic (Amazon Instant Video)
Considering the film was made in 1998, its Del Toro direction manages to keep this movie fresh even by today's standards. Mimic is not simply a monster movie, it's more of a thriller with the added addition of creatures that think. Mira Sorvino makes a capable lead as the female scientist that helped create the Judas Breed; a mutated insect that has the power to survive beyond's its planned genetic creation. As a teenager I remember seeing it at the cinema and being fascinated by its dark fantasy. A few years older now, i'd say Mimic is still a movie that could impress today's new generation of monster thriller fans. I'd forgotten most of the story except for 'funny shoes' and I would say perhaps in ten years time I may see it again but it's definitely not a movie you can say has huge repeat watch value due to it's mystery and thriller element which once revealed is hard to watch a movie for a second time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..BRILLIANT!!!...CLASSIC STUFF...", 28 April 2012
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S. Drury "SDX-800" (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This is probably one of Guillermo del Toros least heard of movies, well least remembered anyway, mimic is actually a very cool film, scary and affective with a good story and a nice cast, if you have never seen it now is the chance with a new cut plus bonus stuff never before available, this film has been given first class treatment by the makers as should all films!! The lovely Mira Sorvino stars (Replacement killers) plus many other famous faces! This is a good Horror/sci-fi/thriller.
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