Mimic

Mimic

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Director: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Guillermo del Toro, Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Josh Brolin

     
 

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While one would imagine that the average New Yorker would be used to dealing with bugs after years of apartment dwelling, a scientific experiment gone wrong results in an insect that even Raid can't handle in this sci-fi/horror thriller. In Manhattan, cockroaches are spreading a deadly disease that is claiming hundreds of the city's children, so entomologist Susan… See more details below

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While one would imagine that the average New Yorker would be used to dealing with bugs after years of apartment dwelling, a scientific experiment gone wrong results in an insect that even Raid can't handle in this sci-fi/horror thriller. In Manhattan, cockroaches are spreading a deadly disease that is claiming hundreds of the city's children, so entomologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) uses genetic engineering techniques to create what she and her colleague (and husband) Peter Mann (Jeremy Northam) call the Judas Breed, a large insect that will feed on the disease carrying roaches. Since the Judas bugs have been designed so that they can't breed, the mutated species should die out in a matter of a few years. However, Susan, Peter, and their staff severely underestimated the cockroach's ability to adapt to its conditions. The Judas Breed has indeed found a way to reproduce itself, but more importantly, the insect has grown remarkably large (sometimes reaching six feet in length), has developed a taste for meat, and can mimic the appearance and behavior of other creatures with uncanny accuracy -- including humans. Susan and Peter have learned that huge swarms of the Judas Breed are living beneath the city in the subway system, and with the help of Leonard (Charles S. Dutton), a transit system employee who knows the labyrinth of subway tunnels like the back of his hand, they search out the humanoid insects before they can take over the city. Mimic also features Giancarlo Giannini, Josh Brolin, and F. Murray Abraham.

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Bugs, if used well, will continue to serve as terrifying movie villains, and Guillermo Del Toro keeps the creepy-crawly tradition rolling with Mimic, in which human-sized cockroaches inhabit the defunct New York City subway system. Scientists trying to play God should know by now that it's not a good idea, but Mira Sorvino, an expectant mother, courts disaster in order to bring an end to the epidemic that's rapidly wiping out the city's children. Del Toro establishes a morbid, eerie tone, and his crisp filmmaking gives the events a sense of desperate emergency. He can't help tripping over some clichés in what is essentially familiar territory, as a team of scientists and other do-gooders descend into subterranean New York to save a young boy who, in a chilling device, communicates to the bugs through a clicking pattern with kitchen utensils. But there are enough real shocks and doses of sheer icky-ness hiding in the shadows to keep this bug movie humming. Because much of the action takes place below street level, viewers are invited to contemplate just how intricately this underground network of tunnels and access chambers was designed, and how surprisingly deep into the earth it plunges. Sorvino's balance between toughness and fragility, evident in much of her work, is well served for a character who opened Pandora's Box and is now trying to shut it, despite her petrified unfamiliarity with her own horrid creation.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2009
UPC:
0065935828129
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Alliance Canada
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
62,493

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mira Sorvino Susan Tyler
Jeremy Northam Peter Mann
Josh Brolin Josh
Giancarlo Giannini Manny
Charles S. Dutton Leonard
Alexander Goodwin Chuy
Alix Koromzay Remy
F. Murray Abraham Dr. Gates

Technical Credits
Guillermo del Toro Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Kerry Barden Casting
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Ole Bornedal Producer
Marie-Sylvie Deveau Costumes/Costume Designer
Tamara Deverell Art Director
Elinor Rose Galbraith Set Decoration/Design
Walter Gasparovic Asst. Director
Glen Gauthier Sound/Sound Designer
Cary Granat Co-producer
Matthew Greenberg Screenwriter
Clark Henderson Associate Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Dan Laustsen Cinematographer
Patrick Lussier Editor
Michael Phillips Executive Producer
Richard Potter Co-producer
B.J. Rack Producer
Matthew Robbins Original Story,Screenwriter
Andrew Rona Co-producer
John Sayles Screenwriter
Scott Shiffman Co-producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Carol Spier Production Designer
Bob Weinstein Producer
Michael Zoumas Co-producer

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