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Article written by Maggie K. Ward
Like most of Guillermo del Toro’s films, Mimic explores themes that include worlds within worlds, and children’s gifts within horror. Dr. Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) developed the Judas bug to kill cockroaches in New York’s sewers that were causing an entire generation to die. The Judas bug was designed to die after the one and only generation succeeds in killing the cockroaches.
Little did she know the Judas bug discovered a way to reproduce and evolve. Given their short life spam, it took a short three years for them to begin to become a danger to humans. With the aide of her husband Dr. Peter Mann (Jeremy Northam) and one of New York’s finest, Leonard (Charles S. Dutton) she hunts down the highly evolved human sized bugs.
The Judas bugs are hidden deep within the subways; the world within the world. The location is separate from the real world above, and throughout the film the people above ground has no idea of the hell underground.
Early in the film we meet Chuy (Alexander Goodwin) a special little boy with an amazing gift. He memories the shoes people wear, and can mimic almost any sound he hears. As the Judas bugs mimic their predator, humans, Chuy mimics the clicking sounds he hears from the creatures.
Not understanding the danger of Mr. Funny Shoes (the Judas bugs), Chuy finds himself lost within the underground world of the bugs. Miraculously he survives half the film alone with the bugs, attempting to communicate with the aide of his spoon. He quickly learns how dangerous the bugs are when he watches one rip his father to pieces.
While Mimic is not one of my favorite del Toro films, I feel it is highly underrated. The fascinating story explores the same themes as classic science fiction and monster movies. When humans pretend to be God, their creation will not go down without a fight. Dr. Tyler released a genetic engineer super bug in the wild with little to know knowledge for the consequences. She must come face to face with her creation and fight to save the world from the monster she helped build.
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