Saturday, December 29, 2012

Jason revisits Mimic

It's been a good 15 years since I'd watched Guillermo del Toro's Hollywood debut Mimic, which starred then hot young stars Mira Sorvino and Jeremy Northam. Seeing as del Toro is the only one involved who's still around, I figured it was time to give the flick a second viewing.

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.

Dimension Films is notorious for editing and re-editing the shit out of a director's movie and, apparently, that's also the case with Mimic. Not that you'd really know. It's a bit smarter, darker and edgier than the average Hollywood horror movie, and that's what keep the viewer engaged.

That and the acting. Sorvino was fresh off her Oscar win when she made this and Northam, Josh Brolin, Charles S. Dutton and F. Murray Abraham all do good supporting turns, especially when you consider this is a high-class monster movie at best.

I can't gripe. This is an entertaining enough B-grade horror flick with A-list talent and a director far more talented than the material. There's a couple of shorts shitting moments and some decent gore, plus Sorvino struts around in some groovy lingerie at one point.

Call this flick a win, and give it a Good already. Worth more than one watch for sure.

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