• Publication date: March 1, 2011

MIMIC MIMIC

In Manhattan, cockroaches are spreading a deadly disease that is claiming hundreds of ...

In Manhattan, cockroaches are spreading a deadly disease that is claiming hundreds of the city's children. Entomologist Susan Tyler uses genetic engineering to create what she and her colleague (and husband) Peter Mann call the Judas Breed, a large insect that releases an enzyme that kills off the disease carrying roaches. The Judas work spectacularly and the crisis is abated. Since the Judas bugs have also been designed to be sterile and unable to breed, the hybrid species should die out in a matter of months. Some years later, people begin to go missing in the subways and tunnels under the city. Susan, Peter, and their staff learn that they severely underestimated the creature's ability to adapt to its conditions. The Judas Breed has found a way to reproduce itself and has evolved in order to better hunt a new food source. To everyone's horror, they discover that the Judas' new food source is humans, and now the insects have grown to be as big as people and can mimic the appearance and behavior of humans with uncanny accuracy. Susan and Peter have learned that huge swarms of the Judas Breed are living beneath the city in the subway system, and with the help of Leonard (Charles S. Dutton), a transit system security guard who knows the labyrinth of subway tunnels like the back of his hand, they search out the insects, whose quick evolution also made them humanoid, before they can take over the city and from there the world. Premiered in US theatres in 1997, "Mimic" is a film that combines the elements of horror, science fiction and thriller. The movie is directed by Guillermo del Toro, with a script inspired by a short story of the same name by Donald A. Wollheim. The movie was followed by two direct-to-video sequels: "Mimic 2" (2001) and "Mimic 3: Sentinel" (2003). "Mimic" won Saturn Award for Best Make-Up in 1998. It was also nominated for ALMA Award for Outstanding Latino Director of a Feature Film (Guillermo del Toro), Saturn Award for Best Actress (Mira Sorvino) and Best Horror Film in 1998. This film is rated R for terror, violence and language.