MIMIC (1997) Reviews and overview

 

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Mimic is a 1997 American science fiction horror film about an entomologist who creates a mutant insect to kill cockroaches. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Nightmare Alley; The Shape of Water; Crimson Peak; Pacific Rim; Cronos) from a story and screenplay co-written with Matthew Robbins and [uncredited[ John Sayles, based on the short story ‘Mimic’ by Donald A. Wollheim.

Produced by Ole Bornedal, Cary Granat, Richard Potter, B.J. Rack, Andrew Rona, Scott Shiffman, Bob Weinstein and Michael Zoumas.

The Dimension Films-Miramax co-production stars Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin, Giancarlo Giannini, Charles S. Dutton, Josh Brolin, Alix Koromzay and F. Murray Abraham.

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Reviews:

” …a good, gross movie with creatures that waver between being effective (when they’re attempting to mimic the appearance of people) and seeming kind of silly (when they bug out). It has kind of lapsed into obscurity at this point, and probably would be even more forgotten if it didn’t have del Toro’s name on it, but it is worth digging up and taking a look at.” Life Between Frames

” …whilst entertaining ends up a pretty much by the book bug, horror movie from the second half of the 1990s. There are some plus points to the movie but mostly it feels like a movie that was interfered with by a studio and suffered because of it.” The Movie Scene

Mimic’s not a bad film, but no one was really trying except the actors. I make that statement assuming Jeremy Northam was trying to be a thinking American action hero… but he just couldn’t do the accent […] Sorvino makes Mimic work—her early scenes with sidekick Alix Koromzay do wonders to establish the character.” The Stop Button

“The most important effects are computer-generated, and they’re photorealistic since everything bathes in black. It’s a common pitfall of 1990s filmmaking, and it sucks. The budget is significant until we get to the monster. Things get intense in the last third, and Mimic becomes what it should have been all along.” Tales of Terror

Cast and characters:

Mira Sorvino … Susan Tyler
Jeremy Northam … Doctor Peter Mann
Alexander Goodwin … Chuy
Giancarlo Giannini … Manny
Charles S. Dutton … Leonard
Josh Brolin … Josh
Alix Koromzay … Remy
F. Murray Abraham … Doctor Gates
James Costa … Ricky
Javon Barnwell … Davis
Norman Reedus … Jeremy
Pak-Kwong Ho … Preacher
Glenn Bang … Yang (as Glen Bang)
Margaret Ma … Chinese Woman
Warna Fisher … Bag Lady
Alan Argue … Skeletal Bum
Charles Hayter … Homeless Man
Julian Richings … Workman
James Kidnie … Subway Repairman
Eve English … Homeless Woman
Bill Lasovich … Long John
Doug Jones … Long John
Roger Clown … Long John

Filming locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical details:

105 minutes
Audio: Dolby DigitalSDDS
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Box office:

$25,480,803 worldwide

Trailer:

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