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

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Hollow Man 2 (2006)

logoDirector: Claudio Fah

Writer: Joel Soisson (Screenplay) Gary Scott Thompson (Story)

Starring: Christian Slater, Peter Facinelli, Laura Regan, David McIlwraith, William MacDonald, Sarah Deakins  

Plot: Following the re-launch of the project from the first film, Michael Griffin (Slater) takes over as the murderous Hollow-man. Believed that he will not get a chance to become normal again, Michael goes after the people who could save him. Maggie Dalton (Regan) was part of the team that worked on the project, but after Police officer Lisa Martinez (Deakins) is murdered her partner Frank (Facinelli) teams up with Dalton to uncover the truth.   While they are looking for answers, Michael chases them down, but her bosses are using them as bait Colonel Bishop (MacDonald) leads the man hunt for Doctor Reisner (McIlwraith) but can anybody stop Michael?  

Verdict: Poor Sequel

Story: When the first one came out, it was brave and interesting, this tries to live off the success of the original with one of the worst storylines I have seen in recent years. You have idiot cops who spend time looking for an invisible man, injecting them with the drug that makes them invisible without worrying about the side effects even after seeing those side effects. There is zero character development on the villains and very weak on the heroes. In the end it is like an extended rampage of the invisible man with his origin. (2/10)  

Actor Review: Christian Slater – Michael the hollow man himself, determined to find the formula to make him live long he will kill to get it. Considering he is only actually seen near the end, it is more of a voice over performance and Christian really has slipped off the radar after his early roles. (5/10)  

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Actor Review: Peter Facinelli – Frank the cop out for revenge after his partner is murdered by the hollow man. He breaks plenty of laws to get his vengeances to chase down the hollow man. Not the best performance or the best written character. (3/10)

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Actor Review: Laura Regan – Maggie the scientist who knows the hollow man is after because she worked on the project to making him invisible. Another poor performance, showing that this should have been played by a more capable actoress. (3/10)  

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Actor Review: David McIlwraith – William Reisner the lead scientist who made the hollow man the way he was and left him for dead. Simple doctor performance who never really excels. (4/10)  

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Actor Review: William MacDonald – Colonel Bishop the man behind the project that has lied to the people involved and now has to cover up the truth before it is too late. Typical Colonel Performance trying to be strict without really being in charge. (5/10)  

 

Director Review: Claudio Fah – Looks like he struggled to handle the material given to him, doesn’t live up to the original or anywhere near it. (3/10)  

Action: Fights with an invisible man, doesn’t work. (4/10)

Horror: Loses the horror aspects created in original. (3/10)

Sci-Fi: Fast forwards over the sci-fi side of the story. (3/10)

Special Effects: Poor special effects used unlike the original. (4/10)

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The settings are not used well, as everyone seems to go the most obvious places to hide instead of the smart choices. (2/10)

Suggestion: After the Kevin Bacon one was very popular and very well made this is like a spoof film that shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same breathe as the first one. (Avoid)  

Best Part: Nothing

Worst Part: Turner takes the drug with no effects but others go through incredible pain.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No franchise killer

Tagline: There’s more to terror than meets the eye  

Overall: Awful Sequel That Insults Original Rating 14  

Dracula 2000 (2000)

logoDirector: Patrick Lussier

Writer: Joel Soisson (Screenplay) Joel Soisson, Patrick Lussier (Story)

Starring: Gerard Butler, Christopher Plummer, Jonny Lee Miller, Justine Waddell, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Esposito, Omar Epps, Sean Patrick Thomas, Danny Masterson, Lochlyn Munro

 

Plot: In the millennium version of this classic Gothic horror we find Abraham Van Helsing (Plummer), who has tangled with Count Dracula (Butler) in the past, working as an English antiques dealer. Simon (Miller) is a vampire hunter in training under his apprenticeship. Van Helsing and Simon travel from London to New Orleans to rescue Van Helsing’s daughter Mary (Waddell) from the family’s life long nemesis.

 

Verdict: What Happened?

 

Story: Dracula is the first name everyone should know in Vampires and this takes the entire gothic feel from the book and early films and turns it into a bad version of Blade. We have a heist to steal from Van Helsing and it turns out they steal Dracula, then release him and become his vampire fighters. Dracula tries to find Van Helsing daughter who he is connected to somehow. The truth is this is just a poor vampire story using the heavyweight name, if you wanted good vampire entertainment you would be better just watching Buffy when it came out. (4/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Gerard Butler: Dracula released from his eternal prison and goes going for the daughter of the man that captured him. This was Gerard’s first attempt to make it in America and he does a good job with what little he is given, being the only screen presences throughout the film. (7/10)

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Christopher Plummer: Abraham Van Helsing the antiques dealer who also collects artefacts for his own collection to use in the fight against vampires. Plummer is a great actor but this was one he didn’t need to turn up for. (4/10)

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Jonny Lee Miller: Simon Sheppard one of Van Helsing’s employees who then suddenly becomes a fighter in the war against vampires. Poor performance in a role he never decides what accent he wants to have and look terrible in the fights. (3/10)

 

Justine Waddell: Mary Heller-Van Helsing the average girl who doesn’t know what he father does but has twisted dreams with a mysterious figure in. Looks out of place in this film and never creates anything to make us root for her. (3/10)

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Director Review: Patrick Lussier – Ruins an iconic name in horror, makes a dull horror. (2/10)

 

Horror: Not scary what so ever. (3/10)

Thriller: Doesn’t keep you near the edge of the seat, loses attention of audience easily. (3/10)

Settings: Takes the gothic location and puts them in New Orleans, making no sense. (3/10)
Special Effects
: Badly dated special effects that never convince. (4/10)

Suggestion: Just don’t bother wasting the time. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: It shows that Butler was always meant to be a star however bad a film is.

Worst Part: Everything.

Kill Of The Film: Solina

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has two sequels.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $47,053,625

Budget: $54 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: The Most Seductive Evil of All Time Has Now Been Unleashed In Ours

 

Overall: Terrible Use of Franchise Name

Rating 20