Worth A Look: 20.31%
Pretty Bad: 32.81%
Total Crap: 31.25%
5 reviews, 34 user ratings
by Chris Parry
You called down the thunder you pretentious, wanna-be horror twat. So now you got it.Guillermo del Toro. Remember that name, for if you see it again, walk right by it. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, do not waste seven of your best sitting through one if his epics.
"It has Josh Brolin. And then it all goes downhill."
It'll just make you sleepy.
Three years ago entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease, now the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind!
The theme here is cockies that morph into whatever breed of creature they want that will help them best survive. Okay, decent premise for a suspension-of-disbelief jobbie, since we all hate cockroaches.
But then we get stupid.
A female scientist is responsible. A world famous female scientist. A world famous female scientist who is Mira Sorvino. A world famous female scientist who is Mira Sorvino and has the subway survival instincts of Rambo.
Now, maybe I'm just a bitter old bastard, but why does a female scientist have to be a piece of T&A? They did it in The Saint as well, with Elisabeth Shue (oh yeah, there's a nuclear powered brain). There was a time, back around the day of Weird Science and Breakfast Club, when being a geek was okay. You didn't need to be the Noxema girl to be a headliner, you could be a Molly Ringwald or an Anthony Michael Hall or a whoever that other Weird Science kid was who never worked again. (No, not Kelly LeBrock. Smart ass.)
So now you have to be good looking to even be a science geek. In fact, you have to be a hottie to be anything in film these days. Even Pauly Shore is gone, and there was a time when we thought after a nuclear war there'd just be Pauly Shore and cockroaches.
Oh, Party Of Five, how hath you forsaken us?
So aside from the obvious casting cliches, scientists release a hybrid bug into the sewers that eats all the evil roaches. Years later, the hybrid bug evolves into semi-human form and starts taking folks out of subways and munching them.
Stay tuned for lame-ass science going too far commentary.
So the human-roaches are killing folks and who is sent in to investigate? Not heavily armed bug-sprayers, but Mira and her flunky (Jeremy Northam, who doesn't suck) and a fat cop and blah.
Okay, positives? I'm positive this movie blows. It does looks good in parts, but not many. Some of the scenery is very nice and dark and gothic, in an Alex Proyas mode, but some of it is just cod ordinary.
The action is so totally Jurassic Park/chase happy that it pains you. The longer it goes, the further your disbelief is pushed. The more it tries to be a social commentary, the more your brain emits "fuck off" pulses. The more Mira tries to be action gal, the more you want to laugh.
It even goes to the cliched "Alien" nest scene.
"Oh my God! It's breeding! The eggs are opening!". Lord help us.
Mimic is an awful film in so many ways. It wants to be horror. It wants to be action. It wants to be eco-friendly. What is it? Tedious in the extreme.
This is the film that put Mira firmly back in the B-grade basket. A place she will remain until she starts boning a big director again.Oh, so you think I'm being harsh? Watch The Replacement Killers and tell me Mira is a star. Chow *this* Yun Fat.
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originally posted: 10/27/98 00:32:29