Mimic (1997) / Drama-Horror
MPAA Rated: R for terror/violence and language
Running Time: 105 min.
Cast: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Charles Dutton
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins
Review published August 28, 1997
After a disease that is killing thousands of children is discovered to be carried and spread by common cockroaches, entomologist Sorvino (Romy & Michele's High School Reunion, Mighty Aphrodite) engineers a sterile super-roach to kill all of the regular roaches. These superbugs were supposed to have died out after one generation, but they in fact mutated and evolved into humanlike monsters, preying on the young and the weak of the city, and soon they threaten to destroy humankind.
This film is carried largely by the intelligence of the idea and script, but other than that is a gruesome and depressing experience. Poorly cast in almost every role, with three annoying kids thrown in to boot, this is probably a tale that was better left untold. I can't recommend this film due to leaving me disgusted with life after viewing it, and for a terrible rushed last half hour.
©1997 Vince Leo