Mimic

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Miramax Released 1997

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Director:
Guillermo del Toro
Released:
1997
Rating:
R

Mimic is a 1997 science fiction film directed by Guillermo del Toro. When children in New York City keep dying of a mysterious illness, scientists trace it back to the city's cockroach population. In order to stop the spread of the disease, an entomologist named Dr. Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) and her husband, Dr. Peter Mann (Jeremy Northman), create new insects called the Judas Breed. These insects secrete a poison that kills the cockroaches and effectively ends the epidemic threatening Manhattan's children. Dr. Tyler genetically engineers the bugs so that they cannot reproduce, so she assumes that they die off quickly after solving the problem. However, she discovers many years later that huge hives of her bugs are living in the subway system, and they have adapted in horrifying ways. When the bugs threaten to wipe out mankind, Dr. Tyler struggles to find a way to destroy the monsters she has created.

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    But Mimic is superior to most of its cousins, and has been stylishly directed by Guillermo Del Toro, whose visual sense adds a certain texture that makes everything scarier and mor...

  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Ghoulish interest is a prerequisite for watching Mira Sorvino (as a bold and athletic entomologist) act against performers who have mandibles, or for appreciating the care with whi...

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Del Toro clearly knows his way around the camera, but the shadowy eeriness that saturates the early going slowly becomes monotonous and winds up being just dull, and even partially...

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