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Monday, February 26, 2024

Mimic- A 1997 Film Directed by Guillermo del Toro- Starring Maria Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Josh Brolin, and F. Murray Abraham

 Films Directed by Guillermo del Toro I have seen so far 

The Devil's Backbone (2001)

The Shape of Water (2017) - This film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for del Toro. It was also nominated for four Golden Globe Awards and seven BAFTA Awards.

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Pinnochio (2022)

Hellboy (2004)

Hellboy Two (2008)

"Mimic'' is a loyal occupant of its genre. But Del Toro is a director with a genuine visual sense, with a way of drawing us into his story and evoking the mood with the very look and texture of his shots. He takes the standard ingredients and presents them so effectively that "Mimic'' makes the old seem new" Roger Ebert 

In a decaying New York City plagued by a deadly disease spread by cockroaches, Dr. Susan Tyler and Dr. Peter Mann create a genetically engineered insect to eliminate the roaches. Their solution, however, has unforeseen consequences. Three years later, the engineered creatures, now sentient and monstrous, have evolved and lurk in the abandoned underground tunnels, mimicking human form to survive. Dr. Tyler, now a single mother, must face the horrifying consequences of her creation as she fights to protect her child and stop the creatures.

The film received mixed reviews upon release but has gained a cult following over the years.

It showcases del Toro's signature blend of gothic imagery, biological horror, and social commentary.

While the film features creatures inspired by insects, they are not simply giant cockroaches but rather grotesque hybrids designed to be terrifying and thought-provoking.


Buried In Print said...

Ohhhh, I haven't seen this one. And, if I knew about it before, I'd forgotten. Thank you!

Mel u said...

Buried in Print. mimic was to me more powerful by the world wide covid pandemic