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Mimic: Sentinel -- When a boy disappears 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
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Mimic: Sentinel -- A man enclosed in a plastic bubble, his sister, and their best friend must defend an apartment complex from the mutant Judas Breed insects.
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A man enclosed in a plastic bubble, his sister, and their best friend must defend an apartment complex from the mutant Judas Breed insects. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Lance Henriksen ... Garbageman

Karl Geary ... Marvin Montrose

Alexis Dziena ... Rosy Montrose

Keith Robinson ... Desmond
Tudorel Filimon ... Birdman (as Filimon Tudorel)

Rebecca Mader ... Carmen
Maria Oprescu ... Ma Bell
Mircea Constantinescu ... Mr. Pasture
Mircea Anca Jr. ... Noah Pasture

Amanda Plummer ... Simone Montrose

John Kapelos ... Det. Gary Dumars
Ion Haiduc ... Moustache
Nicolae Constantin Tanase ... Thug #1 (as Nicolae Constantin)

Luana Stoica ... Female Victim #1
Marius Silviu Florentin ... Thug #2
Nick Phillips ... CDC Worker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Cioalca ... Adam Pasture
Mike J. Regan ... Mimic Bug #1 (uncredited)
Alex Revan ... Mutant Elite (uncredited)

Gary J. Tunnicliffe ... Mimic Bug #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
J.T. Petty 
Writing credits
Donald A. Wollheim (short story "Mimic")

J.T. Petty (written by)

Produced by
W.K. Border .... producer (as Keith Border)
Vlad Paunescu .... executive producer: Romania
Nick Phillips .... executive producer
Andrew Rona .... executive producer
Ron Schmidt .... producer
Original Music by
Henning Lohner 
Cinematography by
Alexandru Sterian 
Film Editing by
Kirk M. Morri 
Casting by
Carrie Hilton 
Karen Meisels 
Adrienne Stern 
Production Design by
Christian Niculescu  (as Cristi Niculescu)
Art Direction by
Serban Porupca 
Set Decoration by
Tutulan Camelia 
Costume Design by
Oana Paunescu 
Makeup Department
Daniela Busoiu .... key makeup artist
Letitia Ghenea .... key hair stylist
Snowy Highfield .... makeup effects sculptor
Steven Lawrence .... makeup effects artist
Viorel Militaru .... prosthetics assistant
Mike J. Regan .... special makeup and creature effects
Gary J. Tunnicliffe .... makeup effects supervisor
Claire Jane Vranian .... special makeup effects artist (as Claire-Jane Deacon)
Production Management
Eugen Dinca .... unit production manager
Jason Mundy .... production supervisor: Los Angeles
Jake Myers .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cris Andrei .... first assistant director
Irina Bryson .... third assistant director (as Irina Niculin)
Oana Ene .... third assistant director
Anatol Reghintovschi .... first assistant director
Gary J. Tunnicliffe .... second unit director
Art Department
Viorel Ghenea .... property master
Iasar Memedali .... leadman
Florin Mirghes .... props assistant
Mihai Stanciu .... painter
Sound Department
Steven Avila .... sound designer
Steven Avila .... sound effects editor
Tiberiu Borcoman .... sound mixer
Trip Brock .... sound re-recording mixer
Trip Brock .... supervising sound editor
Michael J. Fox .... adr supervisor
Jackie Rodman .... dialogue editor (as Jackie Oster)
Geordy Sincavage .... assistant sound editor
Dragos Stanomir .... sound engineer: post-production (as Stanomir Dragos)
Kurt Thum .... sound designer
Kurt Thum .... sound effects editor
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
James Bailey .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lucian Iordache .... special effects supervisor
Daniel Parvulescu .... special effects technician
Ionel Popa .... special effects makeup assistant
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: main title, iO FILM
Chad Goei .... digital artist
Jamison Scott Goei .... visual effects supervisor
Adam Hawkey .... lead compositor: iOFilm
Sookie Park .... digital artist
Dicu Aurel .... stunt performer
Ion Carangea .... stunts
Marius Florian .... stunt performer
Marius Florian .... stunt rigger
Bela Kasi .... stunts
Péter Katona .... stunt double: Mimic
Dicu Marian .... stunt double: Lance Henriksen
Adrian Pavlovschi .... stunt coordinator
Adrian Pavlovschi .... stunt rigger
Gary J. Tunnicliffe .... stunt performer
Béla Unger .... stunt coordinator
Vasilescu Valentin .... stunt rigger
Camera and Electrical Department
Raduta Adi .... additional generator operator
Cos Aelenei .... still photographer
Nicolae Alexandru .... electrician (as Alexandru Nicolae)
Calin Constantin .... gaffer
Alex Cosma .... electrician
Florica George .... electrician
Ilie Georgica .... focus puller
Cristi Grosu .... focus puller: "b" camera
Bogdan Holbura .... video assist
Marcu Ion .... electrician
Cornel Lazia .... camera operator
Stefan Mangar .... film loader
Laurentiu Marcu .... film loader
Ionut Perianu .... film loader
Sandu Polu .... grip
Gabi Postascu .... key grip
Mihai Postasu .... grip
Raniero Raparelli .... generator operator
Vaclav Svehla .... additional generator operator
Ladislav Szucks .... additional generator operator
Ion Tincea .... best boy grip
Gheorghe Ursescu .... electrician
Malek Vilem .... additional generator operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carmen Cristea .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Diana Negoitescu .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Lorne Balfe .... composer: additional music
Charles A. Wolschon .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Sarmis Stamatescu .... driver
Other crew
Madalina Bland .... assistant to producers (as Madalina Simionescu)
Sorin Boncea .... production assistant
Tudor Cotovelea .... production assistant
Simone De Camargo .... controller
Simone De Camargo .... post-production accountant
Ruxandra Geamanu .... production controller: Romania
M.K. Gleason .... production accountant
Clara Jacobs .... production secretary (as Clara Gheorghiu)
Lavinia Mercea .... production accountant: Romania
Ruxandra Popescu .... assistant production accountant: Romania
Elana Saviolis .... post audio coordinator
Paul Serbanescu .... production assistant
Cornelia Stefan .... script supervisor
Smaranda Comanescu .... assistant: Lance Henriksen (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mimic 3" - USA (alternative title)
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Rated R for violence and language
Brazil:77 min | USA:77 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Filming Locations:

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Martial-arts actor Gary Daniels was up for the role of Detective Gary Dumars which was ultimately played by John Kapelos.See more »
[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.
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Movie Connections:
References Rear Window (1954)See more »
You Can't Tell the Difference After DarkSee more »


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26 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Roach Window, 4 May 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

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.

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