Mimic (1997) Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin, Giancarlo Giannini, Charles S. Dutton, Josh Brolin Movie Review

Mimic (1997)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Mira Sorvino in Mimic (1997)

Bug Ridden

With Manhattan children becoming gravely ill due to a disease carried by cockroaches, entomologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino - Romy and Michele's High School Reunion)) is approached to eradicate the cockroaches using a genetically modified insect which secretes a poison. And it is a success until three years later Susan discovers that the genetically modified insects which were designed to not only die within 6 months but not breed have found away to survive. But not just survive as they are also mutating and growing bigger and all the more dangerous to mankind.

You've heard the phrase "fight fire with fire", well in the case of "Mimic" that fire burns back and is worse than the original fire. Okay we're not talking fire but genetically modified bugs which have mutated and found a way to survive, colonising an abandoned subway system deep beneath Manhattan and using humans as food. The more I write about "Mimic" the more it sounds like something I should have enjoyed especially as it stars Mira Sorvino but for some reason this 1997 bug feature ended up disappointing me.

Charles S. Dutton and Giancarlo Giannini in Mimic (1997)

And here is a simple reason, "Mimic" feels like one of those movies which suffered because of studio interference, where they demanded more of some things less of others and that upset not just the movie's pacing but also the artistic vision of the director. It also upset the movie's length which whilst not overly long at 105 minutes feels drawn out in places thanks to many a scene which add nothing to the story, just more effects, more make-up and more repeating things which have already happened.

What also seems to be the case with "Mimic" is that those playing parts certainly played them but the chemistry between the characters just never manifests itself. As such whilst Mira Sorvino makes for an entertaining action hero the chemistry with Jeremy Northam who plays her cop boyfriend is non existent.

What this all boils down to is that "Mimic" whilst entertaining ends up a pretty much by the book bug, horror movie from the second half of the 1990s. There are some plus points to the movie but mostly it feels like a movie which was interfered with by a studio and suffered because of it.