Directed Guillermo del Toro
Written by Guillermo del Toro & Matthew Robbins
Starring Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Josh Brolin
Giancarlo Giannini, Charles S Dutton & F. Murray Abraham
Running Time 105 minutes
When trying to pick a movie for Throwback Thursday I try to think of movies that keep me returning to them year after year, films that entertain well past their expected shelf lives, at least for me. I was a bit stuck this week though as Mimic kept coming to mind but seemed much to recent to be a throwback. So I went to my handy dandy pad, pulled up the specs and was shocked. I rubbed my eyes and read again, wow, the years they do pass quickly! Its been almost 17 years since this films release, well shock me senseless! I am still a bit dumbfounded by that fact. It;s hard to believe I have been revisiting this film for that long, with that realized the choice was easy, Mimic is definitely well suited for this weeks Throwback!
Entomologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) and her colleague husband (Jeremy Northam) have become Manhattans hero's with their creation of a super bug The Judas Breed. Its this weird creepy creature that is intended to wipe out the roach infestation that the city has been plagued by. The roaches are spreading a disease that is killing off Manhattans children, and as we all know nothing kills cockroaches. That's where our power couple come in, with their bio-engineered bug releasing an enzyme that kills off the roaches. The project succeeds where all others have failed! YAY! No more nasty roaches, and the children of Manhattan are once again safe. What can possibly go wrong?? Well turns out a lot!
Fast forward a few years and we find that the population of Judas Breed is still active, which baffles our scientists as they bred only female bugs, attempting to ensure almost immediate extinction. Not only are they breeding but they are growing to incredible sizes within the relatively safe confines of the Manhattan subway system. So off we go in search of the colony, and the terrors that are sure to follow.
The reasons i go back to this film are many. I love monsters,and this one definitely falls into the monster movie category. Then there's the classic del Toro suspense in this film, no matter how many times I see this film I find myself tensing up in moments despite myself. The story is a classic one as well which helps to make it timeless, science gone wrong in an attempt to save humanity. The film is very story and character driven, but it has some really memorable effects as well. It just doesn't rely on them, which is another thing I really enjoy about this one Mimic is classic del Toro of the nineties, edgy, dark with great story telling. I definitely recommend you pull this one out and dust it off for another viewing!
Interesting side note del Toro was not entirely happy with the theatrical version of this film as he did not have final cut, however in 2011 the Directors Cut of Mimic became available so keep an eye out for that version, I myself have not seen that one but I will definitely be hunting it down!