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Mimic (1997)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  22 August 1997 (USA)
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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.

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Storyline

A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing Manhattan children. In an effort to stop the epidemic an entomologist, Susan Tyler, creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form. Written by Steven Dretzke <stevend@unicomp.net>

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Evolution has a way of keeping things alive. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for terror/violence and language | See all certifications »

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22 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£487,821 (UK) (26 June 1998)

Gross:

£1,485,223 (UK) (17 July 1998)
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Guillermo del Toro:  [insects]  Experiments on cockroaches. See more »

Goofs

In the last scene where the male bug is struck by the train, you see it struggling to hold onto the front of the train for a while. It manages to hang in there for a little while before being pulled under and splattered everywhere. But when Dr Susan looks around the corner, after the bug is killed, she sees parts of the bug just meters away from where she was hiding. The bug should be further down the tracks, because it was dragged for ages before going under. See more »

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Susan Tyler: Sometimes an insect will even mimic its predator.
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Followed by Mimic 2 (2001) See more »

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The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell)
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Superb, atmospheric, visually brilliant film
25 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you look at the review comments on this film you generally get either very negative or very positive comments. In other words the reviewers fall into two different camps. Those who don't like Mimic and dismiss it often compare it to Aliens. Some of these people complain about the plot and acting in negative ways. Those who like this movie, talk about the wonderful visuals, the brooding atmosphere, the superb artwork. If you pay attention to the art in film you will like this movie. Mimic succeeds in capturing the feeling and atmosphere of really good sf books which is rarely translate with much success to movies.

Unlike most horror/sci-fi flicks Mimic has an intelligent protagonist, a woman scientist, who uses her head, and displays more courage and good sense than any of the men in the movie. Sure there are some silly gimmicks in Mimic, but overall the plot is far more logical than virtually every so called science fiction movie made in Hollywood. In any case the music, sounds, effect, the sets and the insects are superbly done. I give it 10 out of 10 for its genre.


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