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Mimic 3: Sentinel
     

Mimic 3: Sentinel

2.3 3
Director: J.T. Petty

Cast: Karl Geary, Alexis Dziena, Lance Henriksen

 
Dimension Home Video's release of Mimic: Sentinel, the third film in the giant cockroach series, hits DVD shelves in a surprisingly packed disc that should hopefully draw more attention to this better than average straight-to-video sequel. The picture is presented in a sharp 1.85:1 widescreen picture that's enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions, while the audio is

Overview

Dimension Home Video's release of Mimic: Sentinel, the third film in the giant cockroach series, hits DVD shelves in a surprisingly packed disc that should hopefully draw more attention to this better than average straight-to-video sequel. The picture is presented in a sharp 1.85:1 widescreen picture that's enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions, while the audio is supplied in a crisp Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio track. Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette, an audio commentary by writer/director J.T. Petty, and audition tapes from stars Alexis Dziena, Karl Geary, Rebecca Mader, Keith Robinson, and John Kapelos. The big star of the DVD is Petty, who, fresh off his ultra low-budget shocker Soft for Digging, was handed the piece solely with a premise and a due date of when he could get it done. His humility comes across in both the featurette and in the commentary, where he freely admits accepting the job for its paycheck and never displays the kind of pomposity that other newer directors tend to fall into. You've got to hand it to Dimension for giving so much of the spotlight over to such a new talent on this disc, which in any other case would have been bare to the bone.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
UPC:
0786936230390
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Dimension
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:16:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Feature commentary with writer/director J.T. Petty; Cast auditions; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [:01]
2. Dead Body? [5:21]
3. A Fragile Voyeur [6:13]
4. Marvin's Company [4:52]
5. Something Strange [3:56]
6. Another Visit [8:19]
7. A Terrible Idea? [2:07]
8. Get Out! [1:55]
9. Cops? [5:45]
10. "Blood Draws Them" [7:36]
11. A Smarter Bug [7:25]
12. Recovering [7:03]
13. End Credits [8:45]

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Mimic 3: Sentinel 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago