Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin, Giancarlo Giannini, Charles
S. Dutton, Josh Brolin
1997, 104 Minutes, Directed by: Guillermo Del Toro
Mimic’s plot starts off vaguely interesting: an
incurable disease which kills off small children is ravaging New York. The only
way to stop it is to destroy the carriers of the disease, namely cockroaches.
This is done by genetically
engineering a new insect specie (called the Judas Breed) whose excretion will
kill off the cockroaches. (Not a bad idea at all, especially if you have ever
had to cope with a plague of the nasty little buggers.) The plan works and the
disease is prevented from spreading any further. But then, three years later . .
Okay, deep breath:
three years later, not only hasnt the specially engineered Judas
Breed refused to die ("Nature will find a way," as the Jeff
Goldblum character kept muttering throughout Jurassic Park), but has also evolved
into giant six foot insects capable of mimicking man, which we are told,
is its natural enemy.
Uhm, okay. The man-interfering-in-nature-with
is nothing new to science fiction, but Mimic isnt really
a science fiction movie. It is a big bug movie in which the films
characters are chased about in the New York underground and messily killed.
Usually I would say that the plot of films like this doesnt really
matter, but rather rather its execution.
But Mimic remains a big
bug movie despite some very atmospheric shots of a rainy and excessively
gloomy New York. Its premise and the Alien/The Relic-like
way in which the plot evolves remains absurd to the extreme. (Not to mention
miscasting bimbo supreme Mia Sorvino as a scientist type, the various
plot holes, the interchangeable characters, etc.)