Mimic 2 is not exactly the sort of release that one has high expectations about. Where can you really go with mutant bugs that grow to giant size and develop human-like disguises? Nowhere except straight- to-video.

Only one of the original cast reappears. Not Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Charles Dutton or any other name actor, but Alix Koromzay. Who s/he? You can almost imagine the producers going through a list of names, becoming increasingly desperate as they tried to establish some vague connection to Mimic.

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Anyway, Alix plays Remi, an entomologist friend of Sorvino's Dr Tyler, who basically vanished from the first film once her plot function had been fulfilled.

Here, she's a biology teacher in a run down inner-city school. Her love life is a mess. She always attracted to the wrong sort of man. But now, everyone she meets seems to wind up dead.

It turns out that some of the Judas breed roaches survived - hardly a revelation - and - rather more surprisingly - have designs on Remi as a breeding queen. Understandably, she's not exactly enamoured with the prospect of some cockroach lovin' when she, a detective and a couple of youngsters find themselves trapped in the abandoned school by the bugs...

There's nothing particularly wrong with Mimic 2, as B-movie monster movies go. It's competently made on all counts. What is lacking, however, is the sense that director Jean de Segonzac has an affinity for the genre - precisely the thing that made Guillermo del Toro's original such a pleasant surprise and lifted it above the rank and file, represented by Species, Lake Placid and this sequel.

Just "another bug hunt", indeed.

Reviewed on: 15 May 2003
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Return to the giant impersonating bugs from Mimic, with a different heroine and fresh terrors.
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Director: Jean de Segonzac

Writer: Joel Soisson

Starring: Alix Koromzay, Bruno Campos, Will Estes, Jon Polito, Gavin Lucas, Edward Albert, Jody Wood, Jim O'Heir, Brian Leckner

Year: 2001

Runtime: 82 minutes

BBFC: 15 - Age Restricted

Country: US


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