I love watching movies that show a monster eating a child. I also love it when the good guys kill the monsters and inadvertently cause chaos on the streets of New York City, no doubt killing some "innocent" citizens in the process.
Overview - I saw Mimic during a preview, Del Toro was in attendance to field questions, including the ever popular, "Is this film autobiographical?"
It played well enough that night, and I enjoyed it.
Disillusion set in swift once I bought a copy and watched at home.
Sloppy narrative, poor characters.
(For Sorvino in particular, Mimic was where her slide began.)
Video - Intelligent reconstruction throughout. Good editing and good choices of what to edit.
Audio - Clean 2-channel audio. No subs, but they were unnecessary. All dialogue was decipherable.
- - Amended - - There were subtitles! For whatever reason, Daum wouldn't display them unless I launched from the Bonus (click around those Corn Flakes).
Narrative - This -- this is where the edit gleams, even in the abandoned subway darkness. The story no longer bounces around, as if the flashbacks provided important information, but is more linear, more coherent. The annoying Chuy has been marginalized as much as possible, as has the "baby blues" theme. The "science" of the judas bugs remains sketchy, but this is not the film to overthink.
Enjoyment - For all its gloss and high octane cast, Mimic still cannot escape its cheap B-Horror roots. The last act is little more than a bug hunt and succumbs to cliches. I nursed dark hopes for Chuy in light of previous characters, but alas.
No mistake, though, this is better, much better, than the Del Toro original. Solid late night Horror. Even better if you watch in your friend's roach infested home.
NOTE!! Sit through those credits! Two bonuses await.