Mimic: Sentinel (2003)

logoDirector: J.T. Petty

Writer: J.T. Petty (Screenplay) Donald A Wollheim (Short Story)

Starring: Lance Henriksen, Karl Geary, Alexis Dziena, Keith Robinson, Tudeorel Filmon, Rebecca Mader

 

Plot: A man enclosed in a plastic bubble, his sister, and their best friend must defend an apartment complex from the mutant Judas Breed insects.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Franchise Killer

 

Story: Mimic: Sentinel starts with the creature returning and lurking around a block of flats where it has been feeding but one man has been watching it from his apartment. Marvin (Geary) has been watching the whole neighbourhood and along with his much more outgoing sister Rosy (Dziena) claims to have found a dead body. Marvin has been watching a mysterious garbageman who may have something to do with a missing child.

Marvin has taken a shine to a new member of the neighbourhood Carman (Mader) who his sister brings over to his apartment where he tries to stay away from the world because of his alleges. When Carmen joins in watching the neighbourhood the three start to notice something strange with the garbageman including witnessing the death of drug dealer Desmond. When the three start to investigate the garbageman they discover he has been working on something involving the creatures and plans to stop them and they agree to help.

Mimic: Sentinel manages to keep the story related without using any of the original characters instead it targets the idea of a victim after what has happened. The film takes a lot of its ideas from ‘Rear Window’ and even talks about how similar it actually is to it. The story is very short which is one of the biggest negatives and the fact we don’t get too see as much of the creatures as we are used to doesn’t help. In the end this tries to move the story along further by showing the creatures trying to become part of the world but really moves nicely before just flash bang wallop ending ruins things. (4/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Lance Henriksen: Garbageman an expert on the Judas Breed who has secretly been watching them wait for his chance to expose what is happening. Lance makes his trademark appearance in horror films that have gone on too long without make too much an impact. (4/10)

 

Karl Geary: Marvin Montrose one of the few survives of the original disease but with the disease he has ended up with alleges to the world, Marvin keeps himself in his room watching over the neighbourhood with his camera and witnesses what looks like a murder only for it to end up being one of the creatures hunting. Karl makes for an interesting character but never really shines to the levels he could. (5/10)

 

Alexis Dziena: Rosy Montrose sister to Marvin, who goes outside the house for him to develop his photos as well as having a drug habit, she is the bubbly sister who meets the neighbours so Marvin can put a name to the photos. Alexis does a solid job but ends up just becoming background because of the length of the film. (5/10)

 

Rebecca Mader: Carman newest neighbour that Marvin has taken a shine to, she becomes involved with his ideas and wants to help find out what is happening in the neighbourhood. Rebecca does a solid job but never really makes an impact either. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: Mimic: Sentinel has a supporting cast that includes the rest of the resident of the neighbourhood most become victims while others just show much Marvin knows about them.

 

Director Review: J.T. Petty – Petty does try to change the main story but struggles to capture any of the real enjoyment from the first two films. (4/10)

 

Horror: Mimic: Sentinel makes most of the horror quick and never makes the characters feel truly trapped in the situation. (4/10)

Sci-Fi: Mimic: Sentinel shows the evolution continuing within the Judas Breed. (7/10)

Thriller: Mimic: Sentinel doesn’t manage to pull you as much as the other two but does keep you interested. (6/10)

Settings: Mimic: Sentinel tries to move the settings outwards but in the end it loses it’s isolated and trapped ideas we are used to seeing. (5/10)
Special Effects
: Mimic: Sentinel seems to have the same level of CGI the previous 2 did have without using it as much. (4/10)

Suggestion: Mimic: Sentinel if you liked the first two finish of the trilogy otherwise just avoid this one. (Franchise Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: We get to see a victim of the disease being the main character.

Worst Part: Way too short.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 17 Minutes

Tagline: Terror has been reinvented!

 

Overall: Mimic Sentinel really was the final part of a franchise that ran its course without any real punch, scares and gore the film could end up going towards.

Rating 50

 

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Mimic 2 (2001)

logoDirector: Jean De Segonzac

Writer: Joel Soisson (Screenplay) Donald A Wollheim (Short Story)

Starring: Alix Koromzay, Bruno Campos, Will Estes, Gaven E Lucas, Edward Albert, Jon Poilto, Jody Wood, Jim O’Heir

 

Plot: When a cockroach-spread plague threatened to decimate the child population of New York City in the original Mimic, biologist Susan Tyler and her research associates developed a crossbreed species of insect, the “Judas Breed” and introduced them into the environment, where they were to spread a toxin, lethal to the cockroaches. The plan worked until the bugs evolved to mimic their next prey…..humans! Just when they were all thought to be dead, the giant Judas bugs are back, and this time they’ve mutated to take on human form!

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: DVD Standard Sequel

 

Story: Mimic 2 starts with a bang when new deadlier creature attacks a man causing an accident. Detective Klaski (Campos) gets filled in on the information at the scene. The man who is on the run is carrying suitcases of dirt. Next we meet elementary school teacher Remi (Koromzay) who is teaching her students about bugs and just so happens to be the assistant to Susan Tyler from the first Mimic film.

We see how Remi is having a terrible time finding love and attracts all the wrong type of guys but has nightmares about a mysterious creature following her. She receives a visit from Detective Klaski who for some reason lurks in the dark before the meeting her as he tries to figure out what happened to the man on the run from the start. Exiting from the meeting the body of one of the recent dates falls literally into the lap of Klaski with the body having the same marks left on the first victim.

The army turn up to investigate interrupting Klaski’s investigation while Remi gets stuck inside the school with student Sal (Lucas) and former student Nicky (Estes). They find themselves trapped but the creature who has boarded up all the entrances. Armed with what they can get their hands on and a camera Remi has to try and make it out of the school with the two boys before the creature finds them.

Mimic 2 really does use the ideas created in the first film well by building upon them to reach the next level. We see how the evolution has continued and by bringing back a supporting character to become the lead we already have a built character knowing what she is dealing with. These ideas help with what is funny enough a more memorable story than the first one, because when anyone asks me about ‘Mimic’ I always think so the scene in the school. The film doesn’t try to be too clever and shows the next step the creatures would be taking to become part of the world. As for sequels it does seem to honour the first one nicely and remain true to the material created. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Alix Koromzay: Remi Panos teacher and former member of the CDC who worked on the Judas Breed who has become the latest interest for the creature, she must keep two students safe when the creature targets them inside the school. Alix does a good job stepping up into the lead role because he character feels more everyday. (7/10)

 

Bruno Campos: Det. Klaski the man investigate a couple of murders that points towards Remi, he has to team up with her to defeat the creature. Bruno does a solid job in the supporting role. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: Mimic 2 has a supporting cast that doesn’t add too much to the overall storyline we get the two students but most others only turn up in a scene or two.

 

Director Review: Jean De Segonzac – Jean gives us a solid sequel but never really tests us to the levels the first one did with character development. (5/10)

 

Horror: Mimic 2 uses the same ideas for horror making us wonder what could be hiding in the shadows. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Mimic 2 continues to show the effects of trying to play God have had on the world. (7/10)

Thriller: Mimic 2 doesn’t keep you as close to the edge of your seat as the first one does but does keep your attention throughout. (7/10)

Settings: Mimic 2 creates isolation but on the surface when the characters get trapped in the school. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Mimic 2 still struggles with the effects as you can see the CGI every single time. (3/10)

Suggestion: Mimic 2 is one to be trying if you enjoyed the first one you should enjoy this but if you didn’t like the first one don’t bother. (Fans of the First Watch)

 

Best Part: Continuing the idea.

Worst Part: Foreshadowing in Klaski character.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 1 more to go.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

Tagline: Nothing will stop them

 

Overall: Mimic 2 is a solid follow up to an already good film but it does lose out on story telling because this time we only follow one person.

Rating 60

Mimic (1997)

logoDirector: Guillermo del Toro

Writer: Matthew Robbins, Guillermo del Toro (Screenplay) Donald A Wollheim (Short Story)

Starring: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin,, Giancarlo Giannini, Charles S Dutton, Josh Brolin, Alix Koromzay, F Murray Abraham

 

Plot: 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.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Creature Feature Class Act

 

Story: Mimic starts by showing a devastating disease running through New York Doctor Susan Tyler (Sorvino) gets bought into solve the problem by Doctor Peter Mann (Northam). Susan finds a cure by introducing the Judas breed of cockroach to eliminate the threat and succeeding by taking out the carrier.

Three years have pasted and not a single case has been recorded. Next we see a priest running for his life from a mysterious creature before falling to his death. We see Chuy (Goodwin) an autistic witnessing the attack. When Josh (Brolin) gets called to a new case we at the very same location it appears a new disease could be hitting New York, bring in Dr Mann to investigate. Dr Tyler gets a visit the same day by a couple of kids looking for some cash when they bring her bugs and one of these bugs they have found is one of her Judas breeds. That very same night the creature visits Susan and takes the Judas breed.

The next day Tyler and Mann investigate where the kids find the bugs before getting kicked out by Officer Leonard (Dutton). We know that the creature is lurking and hunting, we it make quick kills of anything that threatens its safety. Returning to the subway system with the permit Peter, Josh and Leonard start looking into what could be in the sewers now. We see Susan’ co-worker Remi (Koromzay) locates remains of a dead Judas breed that is bigger than anyone thought possible. We also watch Manny (Giannini) search for his son Chuy after he goes in search for funny shoes as he calls it.

Peter, Susan, Leonard and Manny find themselves trapped inside the home of the Judas breed and have to find a way out before it is too late and the creatures escape to the surface.team

Mimic tells the story of playing God can have side effects especially if you were to rush the results. We get the whole evolution sped up idea which works nicely because we can end up with a creature that could look like anything. I do think everything comes together nicely on here because the film isn’t afraid to make children the victims which adds to the deadliness of the creatures. I also think managing three stories to meet at the end helps the story not get bogged down following just one hero instead it gives us 4 separate ones. When it comes to this genre this is one of the better films and follows everything that needs to happen. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Mira Sorvino: Dr Susan Tyler a bug expert who cures a disease problem only for three years to pass where the creatures she created have evolved into human size killing machines. Mira does a solid job in the lead role but doesn’t shine as much as the film requires her too. (6/10)

 susan

Jeremy Northam: Dr Peter Man CDC member who bought in Susan to solve the problem and over the time the two get married, but he gets the call to try solve the latest disease outbreak. Peter investigates only to find the Judas cockroach has continued to evolve in the subway system and has to find a way to stop it. Jeremy proves to be a good choice in the role as we get the character who is clearly out his depths here. (7/10)

 

Giancarlo Giannini: Manny subway shoe waxier whose autistic son investigates the creature going missing in the process, leading to him getting lost in the subway searching for his son and fighting for his life. Giancarlo does a solid job in the supporting role, playing the everyday hard worker who gets caught up protecting his son. (6/10)

 

Charles S Dutton: Leonard security guard at the subway who ends up being the guide to the underground but he reaction against the idea of the human size cockroaches provides the best of all of the people in the film. Charles becomes the most normal character in a situation where there are giant cockroaches shouting and shooting first. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Mimic has a supporting cast that gives out information as well as a few becoming the victims of the creatures. Each member helps drive our main characters motives.

 

Director Review: Guillermo del Toro – Guillermo is known for disowning this film and while it isn’t on the same level as his numerous classics it still ends up coming off solid for the genre. (6/10)

 

Horror: Mimic ticks all the boxes for a creature feature horror film. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Mimic shows what happens when you play with genetics without studying the true results. (9/10)

Settings: Mimic uses the subways and sewers are the main settings for anything involving the creature showing just how much could be going on underneath a city. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Mimic has special effects that have started to date now because we can tell the CGI is there with the creatures. (4/10)

Suggestion: Mimic is one for all the creature feature fans to watch as well as most horror fans will enjoy this one. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The fact no one is safe, too many films overprotect to hide horror.

Worst Part: CGI looks bad now.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has 2 sequels.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $25.5 Million

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Tagline: A Bold Experiment. A Deadly Mistake!

 

Overall: Mimic is a film that really isn’t afraid to pack a punch when it comes to victims but ends up becoming a foreshadowing to Godzilla (1998).

Rating 70