Mimic (1994) Film Review
Part of an ongoing series of film reviews in the horror, supernatural, and Weird Fiction genres
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, co-written by Matthew Robbins, and produced by a man as slimy as the film’s creatures (Weinstein), Mimic is a slick creature feature about mutated cockroaches overrunning New York and really, very little else. It definitely stands out as one of del Toro’s lesser works in his oeuvre — but still, it makes for pure schlock entertainment.
This is a film whose substance rests on a few good performances, most notably Charles Dutton, who plays a cop, one with a remarkably good bluesy-voice. Special effects add to an atmosphere and an aesthetic that is viscerally putrid, greasy, and downright disgusting — but no doubt it cost Miramax Films a lot of money.
It’s not much of a story: but can be reduced to seventy words or so: scientist couple attempts to save a city whose children die from roaches. Roaches evolve as many generations as apes became human. Characters as about as exciting as cardboard combat sophisticated, flesh-eating roaches with humanoid carapaces; factor an implicitly mentally weak, loveable boy (for no good reason) and oh yes — after the colony of buggers are eradicated, conveniently have the roach drone show up in the nick of time to meet his maker.