4.4/10
2,722
47 user 33 critic

Mimic: Sentinel (2003)

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

Director:

Writers:

(short story "Mimic"),
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mimic 2 (Video 2001)
Horror | Thriller | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Jean de Segonzac
Stars: Alix Koromzay, Bruno Campos, Will Estes
Mimic (1997)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

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.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin
Species III (Video 2004)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

As her species decays succumbing to infections and illnesses, an alien seductress immunologically stronger becomes the only hope for them to live on.

Director: Brad Turner
Stars: Robin Dunne, Robert Knepper, Sunny Mabrey
Species II (1998)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

An astronaut gets infected with alien DNA during the first mission on Mars and runs amok on earth. Preston and Laura team up with a peaceful, genetically re-engineered Sil to track the monster down.

Director: Peter Medak
Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, Marg Helgenberger
Mimic (2015)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Olivia McCreary
Stars: Gretchen Olson, Tessa Schuster
Species: The Awakening (Video 2007)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

When she reaches the end of her lifespan, a scientist urges to Mexico in order to save the half breed, alien seductress he raised as his docile niece, but ends up awakening the deadly, sexual predator inside her.

Director: Nick Lyon
Stars: Edy Arellano, Marco Bacuzzi, Jan Bouda
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A female cop is gunned down and wrongly accused of using excessive force in a hostage rescue attempt. Maniac cop returns from the dead once more to seek revenge, destroying everthing and ... See full summary »

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Robert Davi, Robert Z'Dar, Caitlin Dulany
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

Jason and Alexandra 'Alex', a close couple, lose their sail yacht in a storm and are grateful to get picked up by Captain Jim Bigelow's commercial carrier. Suspicious about the rough ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Firstenberg
Stars: Stephanie Niznik, Greg Cromer, Daniel Quinn
Slugs (1988)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Killer slugs on the rampage in a rural community.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Michael Garfield, Kim Terry, Philip MacHale
The Relic (1997)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A teenage vigilante seeks revenge on a group of violent thugs who raped her handicapped sister and killed her best friend.

Directors: Danny Steinmann, Tom DeSimone
Stars: Linda Blair, John Vernon, Robert Dryer
The Hills Run Red (Video 2009)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A group of young horror fans go searching for a film that mysteriously vanished years ago but instead find that the demented killer from the movie is real, and he's thrilled to meet fans who will die gruesomely for his art.

Director: Dave Parker
Stars: Sophie Monk, Tad Hilgenbrink, William Sadler
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Marvin Montrose
...
Rosy Montrose
...
Desmond
Tudorel Filimon ...
Birdman (as Filimon Tudorel)
...
Carmen
Maria Oprescu ...
Ma Bell
Mircea Constantinescu ...
Mr. Pasture
Mircea Anca Jr. ...
Noah Pasture
...
Simone Montrose
...
Det. Gary Dumars
Ion Haiduc ...
Moustache
Nicolae Constantin Tanase ...
Thug #1 (as Nicolae Constantin)
...
Female Victim #1
Marius Silviu Florentin ...
Thug #2
Edit

Storyline

In a decaying neighborhood, asthmatic and allergic amateur photographer Marvin Montrose spends his days and nights confined in his room, snooping on his neighbors in the next building with his camera. When a boy disappears in the spot and then the local drug dealer Desmond, Marvin suspects a mysterious garbage man and his sister Rosy and her friend Carmen investigate. Meanwhile, Marvin witnesses the death of Detective Gary Dumars and a stranger on the street by two mutant Judas Breed insects and discloses that their prime suspect is the CDC Agent Kirchner. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Terror has been reinvented! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mimic 3  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Martial-arts actor Gary Daniels was up for the role of Detective Gary Dumars which was ultimately played by John Kapelos. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rosy: Marvin, you've gotta come see this shit.
Marvin: Did you get my pictures?
Rosy: Yeah. Um, but you've got to come outside. Me and Des found something.
Marvin: What is it?
Rosy: You'll see.
See more »

Crazy Credits

A cockroach runs across the top of the green Dimension logo at the beginning of the film. See more »

Connections

Follows Mimic (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can't Tell the Difference After Dark
Written by Maceo Pinkard
Performed by Alberta Hunter
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Roach Window
4 May 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Series note: As the Mimic films are not direct continuations of the same storyline--they're simply related thematically and in some subject matter--it does not really matter what order you watch them in.

It's no secret that Mimic 3 has a number of similarities to Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954). In fact, as writer/director J.T. Petty comments in his interview on the DVD extras, "Rear Window with giant cockroaches" was the high-concept pitch-line presented to him fresh out of New York University's film school, solely on the basis of his student film, Soft for Digging (2001), which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Boston Independent Film Festival. What's less frequently talked about is that Mimic: Sentinel is a challengingly artistic, well-made film that weaves various themes of voyeurism throughout its length. Even its subtitle, "Sentinel", has numerous intended meanings, including various senses of "guard" or "protector", and of course, "watcher".

Mimic: Sentinel centers its plot on Marvin (Karl Geary) and his unusual family--sister Rosy (Alexis Dziena) and mom Simone (Amanda Plummer). Marvin is a survivor of Strickler's disease--the affliction that was wiping out most of New York City's kids at the beginning of the first Mimic (1997). This has caused him to seem slightly like a cross between someone with Down's Syndrome and autism, with a boatload of asthma-related allergies to boot. In other words, he can barely leave the house without severe threat to his health. So he spends most of the time in his room in a large Brooklyn apartment building, voyeuristically studying the neighbors in the building across the street while he snaps photographs of them. He has a large wall of snapshots with nicknames for everyone, including the mysterious "garbage man". It's not long before Marvin observes some strange occurrences, including what he says is the murder of Rosy's friend Desmond (Keith Robinson). This initiates relationships with a couple other key characters--one a cop, one a beautiful woman from across the street, and gradually we enter more typical Mimic (monster-attack horror) territory.

The three Mimic films to date comprise what is without a doubt one of the most unique horror film series. Each film has a completely different style and focus, yet all are related in significant ways, and each is very good to excellent. This third film is probably the most artistically "difficult" entry. Eventually, during the climax, Petty takes a slightly more conventional route, as I'm sure he had to per the producers and studio, but he still manages to retain his unique vision throughout Mimic: Sentinel's length.

Petty takes his time when it comes to pacing, and he doesn't give you the material you'd probably expect right away, despite the brief, conventional attack scene of the prologue (although note how Petty dwells on the victim's eyeglasses--yet another metaphor for looking at the world through a voyeuristic veil).

For a long time, we see most of the "action" through Marvin's camera, occasionally through Marvin's window without the camera, and even through the photographs on Marvin's wall (this aspect is a nice nod to Remi's photo fetish in Mimic 2, 2001). At one point Petty even presents important scenes as a series of photographic stills, similar to Chris Marker's La Jetée (1962), which Petty would surely be familiar with as an NYU film student.

The shots through Marvin's camera all emphasize an artificial "framing" in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, to underscore the inherent voyeurism of films and film watching. This is also done in a more purely stylistic way during the climax, where Petty adds a fuzzy-edged circular aperture around the frame, giving an effect something like watching the film through someone else's eye. There are various other often subtle instantiations of voyeurism and related themes throughout the film, including characters who are inside various kinds of containers (a sewer, a trunk, a refrigerator, an implication of in a wall, clear plastic sheeting, etc.), which are then either perforated so that others can see inside while not being completely visible or in the same space, or which are transparent and afford a somewhat sheltered view.

Even when the "horror material proper" finally begins, Petty makes the brilliant move of showing most of it from a distance. For example, we watch an attack from Marvin's room, looking out his window to the building across the street. At that point, I wanted the film to continue in that highly unusual mode, as it underscored the theme so well, so it was a bit of a let down at first when Petty had to become more conventional. But as I mention above, he still retains his original touch during the conventional material too.

Petty's unusual pacing and approach also gave even greater weight to his surprisingly brutal gore scenes. I particularly loved the long, lingering tracking shot through an apartment after a bloody attack. That had far more impact than actually seeing the attack would have had. And once Lance Henriksen's character arrives in full force, the film takes a refreshingly bizarre and slightly nihilistic turn.

Speaking of Henriksen, he is excellent as always (what genre fan doesn't love Lance Henriksen? He's even great in the bad films he does, like The Untold (aka Sasquatch), 2002). The rest of the cast turns in great performances, too, partially because they're so odd. I was a bit disappointed that the film is so short (the credits start rolling at the 72 minute mark), but on the other hand, the story is complete as it stands. It's more important that the film is the right length to tell the story.

In Petty's DVD extras interview, he says that working with actors who have a lot of dialogue made him want to only do romantic comedies in the future. Don't do it! This is such a fine, unique horror film that Petty needs to work much more in this genre.


27 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?