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Director: Guillermo del Toro; Cast: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin, Giancarlo Giannini, Josh Brolin, Charles S. Dutton, F. Murray Abraham
As science fiction horror, Mimic isn’t a bad movie, although it is arguably the weakest of all Guillermo del Toro’s films. Visually, it’s relatively interesting, and has a number of del Toro trademarks, including a flair for the grotesque and some pretty insidious insects which grow to enormous proportions after being genetically altered. While Mimic is pretty formulaic at times, it is refreshingly ruthless when it comes to knocking off characters who might otherwise be left standing in a comparable film made by a less enthusiastic director. Similarities in story and setting with his new “Strain” book series suggest that del Toro may be trying to re-work some of Mimic’s better qualities into the vampire genre (Klaus Ming September 2010).