Mimic (1997)

Directed by Guillermo del Toro.  Written by Guillermo and Matthew Robbins, based on a short story of the same name by Donald A. Wollheim.  Starring Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Josh Brolin, Norman Reedus, Charles S. Dutton and F. Murray Abraham.

Plot: said simply, cockroaches begin to take over New York


Said not-so-simply, the cockroaches in New York begin to spread a plague that threatens the city.  So, evolutionary biologist, Susan (Sorvino) develops a “Judas” bug that will feed on the diseased cockroaches and save the city.  3 years later though, instead of dying out and saving the city, the Judas roach has grown large (almost 6 feet) and is now able to mimic the appearance of other creatures, including humans.

It’s a halfway decent bug movie.  It has it’s good points and it’s bad.  Del Toro did some scientific research, because, according to my brother, the science of it all ain’t half bad.  The movie could have been shorter though.  But I suppose length comes with Del Toro’s work.


The movie was chock full of people to root for.  The black guy was a little to much of a caricature, but still likable.  The bugs themselves had a good motive – survival.  The movie followed rules, had amazing effects and Freddy Claws.  If you’re wanting to watch a movie about giant roaches, this is the one we recommend.

Our score: 53.

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