Director – J.T. Petty
Cast – Karl Geary, Alexis Dziena, Lance Henriksen, Keith Robinson, Tudorel Filimon, Rebecca Mader
Release Year – 2003
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Guillermo del Toro’s Mimic remains one of my favorite horror films of all time because of how well it blends horror and biology. Mimic 2 was a lesser film but it still managed to deliver a mostly positive experience, so I thought Mimic 3: Sentinel would just be another step down but still give us the awesome creature action seen in the first two entries. I was wrong. Aside from a supporting role from Lance Henriksen, there no little to no reason to watch this effort.
Marvin, an asthmatic / allergic photographer confined to his room for health reasons, spends his days snooping on his neighbors with his camera. When he begins to witness the mysterious deaths of those in the neighborhood, his investigation leads to the discovery of two Judas Breed mutants that must be stopped at all costs.
J.T. Petty (Splinter Cell) both writes and directs this piece, which served as his crappy first feature film before doing well with S&man and The Burrowers. Much to my surprise, the story hits really hard early on with the brutal death of a young child only 2.5 minutes into the film. The rest of the flick, however, is a boring tale that follows Marvin and the conflict that arises when no one believes him that something strange, and deadly, is going on in the area. There is an assortment of characters, and thanks to poor writing I did not care for a single one of them. I found the character play to be annoying at best, with the usual clichés written in negative fashion. I was pleased to see some brutal kills written into the story, but the direction ensured they would not be as enjoyable as the should have been.
Petty’s direction may have lagged due to a miniscule budget, but it is what it is. Aside from Lance Henriksen the performances are mediocre and of extreme B-movie quality. Sadly, this same quality also applies to the horror. The kills are shot in a “shy” fashion where most of the good stuff occurs offscreen, and the few kills that do occur onscreen involve terrible CGI for the Judas bugs. Only on a few rare occasions did we see a live Judas bug, and those scenes did not result in much.
Overall, Mimic 3: Sentinel is a waste of time that is nowhere nearly as good as the first two films. You should skip this.