Mimic 3: Sentinel

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Overview

An unlikely fusion of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and the Mimic franchise, director J.T. Petty Soft for Digging takes the helm for this third installment in the giant killer cockroach series. Unable to leave the germ-free confines of his sterilized bedroom for any real stretch of time, environmentally hypersensitive Judas child Marvin Karl Geary spends his days taking pictures of his neighbors from his window. Occasionally catching glimpses of his young sister Rosy Alexis Dziena being romanced by the ...
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Overview

An unlikely fusion of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and the Mimic franchise, director J.T. Petty Soft for Digging takes the helm for this third installment in the giant killer cockroach series. Unable to leave the germ-free confines of his sterilized bedroom for any real stretch of time, environmentally hypersensitive Judas child Marvin Karl Geary spends his days taking pictures of his neighbors from his window. Occasionally catching glimpses of his young sister Rosy Alexis Dziena being romanced by the neighborhood drug dealer, Marvin's lens remained mostly fixed on a mysterious neighbor known as "The Garbageman" Lance Henriksen and pretty neighbor Carmen Rebecca Mader, while his slightly overbearing mother Amanda Plummer rests on the couch. As neighbors begin disappearing and mysterious figures move in and out of Marvin's viewfinder, the secluded voyeur begins to suspect that a sinister force is at work in his neighborhood. Though Rosy and Carmen are anxious to assist in a little detective work, the situation soon begins to spiral out of control upon the discovery that the Judas breed is far from extinct.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
After an abysmal second entry in the Mimic franchise, who would have guessed that the big brasses over at Dimension would have enlisted such a strong, young indie talent such as Soft for Digging's J.T. Petty to bring their newest bug epic to life? Coined "Rear Window with Giant Cockroaches," this tale is full of nods to the Hitchcock classic, but it's what Petty brings to the plate that infuses the film with what life it has. From the visceral opening shot to the stylized credit sequence, it's evident early on that this isn't just another cheap straight-to-video outing, but a sly tale whose twist on the mythos doesn't quite expand it as much as it grinds it to a halt for the sake of telling a much more pared-down character piece -- albeit with giant bugs. Admittedly, it isn't perfect -- nor is it the slam-bang action/horror fest that neither of its predecessors managed to achieve either (though Guillermo Del Toro came close with the first film) -- instead, Mimic: Sentinel's vision is distinct enough to warrant a few viewings, even if some of its other aspects leave little to be desired. For starters, Petty needs more time working with actors (his first film had less than a minute of dialogue), as he's still far too wet behind the ears to pull off blocking scenes and, in a few cases, controlling certain performances so they don't go over the top. Karl Geary's Rain Main-ish performance as Marvin could have used a bit more directorial wrangling, while his sister Rosy (Alexis Dziena) seems straight out of bad community theater half the time. Screen veterans Lance Henriksen and Amanda Plummer add class in small doses here and there, but are simply nice set dressing for the otherwise smaller-budgeted monster flick. Fright-wise, it's smart enough to keep most of the horror vague and in the end creepier as through the eyes of the voyeuristic main character. The bugs themselves are a decent mix of budget CG and practical man-in-suit effects (supplied by Dimension veteran Gary Tunnicliffe) and manage to deliver a few gruesome moments for the gore crowd to chew on. Sadly, despite Mimic: Sentinel's virtually explosive ending, it can't help but feel rushed by the breezy 76-minute running time and quick wrap-up afterwards. Still, for the third film in an already buried series to feel in any way fresh is surely something, and it might just be what Petty needed to move on to bigger and better things.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • UPC: 786936235845
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Karl Geary Marvin
Alexis Dziena Rosy
Lance Henriksen Garbageman
John Kapelos Gary Dumars
Rebecca Mader Carmen
Technical Credits
J.T. Petty Director, Screenwriter
Donald A. Wolheim Original Story
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pass This One By

    While the first Mimic was decent and the sequel not too bad, number 3 is the absolute pits. Why the people in power funded this bomb is a mystery. Please do yourself a kindness and allow this one to fade into the past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get This.......

    Dismissing the events of Mimic 2 this installment centers around one of the many kids involved in the first movies Judas Breed plot. Said child Marvin is now all grown up and living at home at 24 with his single mom and younger sister in an apartment complex in I beleive NYC with the worst case of allergies ive ever seen. Marvin spends his time mostly secluded in a sterilised room snapping photographs of his neighbors and other shadowy things in and around the courtyard. Once the pictures are devolped Marving adds the best ones to his wall which makes up a giant collage which depicts numerous faceless people doing all sorts of things oh and each has a name and a story he has conjured up for them ie Garbage Man,Ma Bell etc. Eventually Marvin begins to find something really dark taking shape shape in the pictures and starts to go ummm buggy. The producers are very open about their source material which is Hitchcocks classic Room with a View......with giant cockroaches but it is still true to the original concept much more so than the last one.. The best part of this chapter in the series is how well the sustained tension mounts without ever throwing it all at you at once and never once did I find any of the acting or story to be so unrealistic that the end result wasnt worth waiting for. When Guillermo Del Toro conceived Mimic originally from a short story by Donald A. Wolheim back in 1997 the results were mixed but the idea was ghoulish and 100% original so much to my surprise that Dimension Films is actually trying to keep this bug alive!!! Mimic 3 isnt breaking any new ground but the results fair slightly better than the original and in the end depending on your taste you might actually like this chapter the best I did and am interseted to see how far they are willing to take this franchise. Great Halloween rent has good scares and some gore to uhh brighten the corners a bit if you will.

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    Posted June 25, 2010

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