2001 / Director. Jean de Segonzac.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
MIMIC 2 has been dismissed as a second-rate direct-to-video sequel by most people but if it were given more consideration it would hold a greater value and stand alone as a decent monster movie in its own right.
The first film was Guillermo Del Toro's American debut and it was, in itself, a tumultuous and critically savaged movie. Studio interference affected his vision and the theatrical release bore his technical signature but little of his storytelling qualities. Several years later he was able to release his director's cut, which pleased fans and made the film significant again. It was a subterranean creature feature about genetically modified cockroaches that grew to human-size and mimicked people.
MIMIC 2 continues some time after the events of the first film with Alix Koromzay reprising her role as the entomologist from the first film (she was a secondary character then). The Judas breed was thought to be eradicated, however, this sequel sees that it has survived and continued to evolve much further than could have ever been expected. Taking on human characteristics such as obsession and jealousy, the new strain is far more dangerous and tenacious and will stop at nothing to seek a human mate. With a smaller budget the story has been taken out of the subterranean setting of New York's subway system and placed in the darkened corridors of an inner-city high school. And it works.
The premise of MIMIC 2 essentially rehashes the first film but takes the story into a ludicrous and far-fetched direction. This absurd storyline is what fuelled most of the critics... but why hasn't anyone factored in the technical aspects? MIMIC 2 is an accomplished production in terms of set design, ambience and cinematography. It looks great and comes as close to mimicking Del Toro's original atmosphere as a low budget DTV movie possibly could. With a short running time of 72 minutes, it is a taut and action-packed movie that hasn't got time for melodrama and gives the viewer a visual bang for their buck. The characters are nowhere near as cliched as they could have been and for the most part, the essence of the original film has been recaptured. It is not a bad movie by any means as far as I'm concerned.