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Poor New York. It has been hit hard recently. In Devil's Advocate Satan came to live there. Godzilla walked on it. Armageddon set it on fire and Deep Impact wiped it out. In Mimic giant cockroaches terrorize this modern Babylon.
 
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M
IMIC
(1997)

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By David Bruce
Web master HollywoodJesus.com
David Bruce
"Brace yourself for
the ultimate battle between man and nature.

A Bold Experiment.
A Deadly Mistake!"
Susan Tyler: Mira Sorvino, Peter Mann: Jeremy Northam, Chuy: Alexander Goodwin, Manny: Giancarlo Giannini, Leonard: Charles S. Dutton, Josh: Josh Brolin. 
Directed by Guillermo Del Toro.
Written by Matthew Robbins and Del Toro.
Based on the short story "Mimic'' by Donald A. Wolheim.
Running time: 104 minutes.
Rated R (for terror-violence and language).

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Poor New York. It has been hit hard recently. In Devil's Advocate Satan came to live here. Godzilla walked on it. Armageddon set it on fire and Deep Impact wiped it out. In Mimic giant cockroaches terrorize this modern Babylon.

The film opens with a modern day plague killing little children in New York. The cause is found underground (the traditional place of evil) in disease carrying cockroaches. A good-looking, world-famous, highly regarded, twenty-something woman scientist is called on as the only expert person in the world to save humanity! She is Susan Tyler who, with her colleagues, genetically engineers a designer bug called the "Judas Breed.'' It is made by crossing the DNA from a mantis and a termite. It can mimic cockroaches, infiltrate their strongholds and kill them. Judas is the name of the disciple of Jesus who betrayed him. This film has so many biblical connects that it boggles the mind. The Judas Breed bug works. The cockroaches are wiped out and the children are saved.

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However three years (!) later the Judas Breed bugs, in need of a new food source, have further developed and now mimic humans. These bugs were supposed to be sterile. But, as in Jurassic Park "nature will find a way." And, of course, Evil is never sterile! Evil now has a human face. The film contrasts Evil against the highest symbols of good by locating the habitation of Evil in the sewer under a holy church. This church has a big, high and lifted up "Jesus Saves" neon sign outside. Evil comes up into the church and goes after the minister, who runs to the top of the roof and jumps onto the cross in an effort to be saved. He falls to his death at the foot of the cross in the street. He lays in a crucified fashion with arms outstretched. He is also wearing a cross that will become important at the end of the film. The Evil drags the minister into the underground (like the burial of Christ) as the rain falls on the darkened night. The death of the minister at the cross, like that of Jesus, will ultimately be the undoing of the very Evil responsible for the death.

Symbols of Evil in this film = disease + cockroaches + mantis/termite + Judas + underground sewers (underworld) + death + darkness and dark shadows.

Symbols of Good = church + minister + the cross + little child(ren) + Jesus + angels + blood from hand + light.

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A little boy who lives across the street from the church witnesses the death of the minister. It is almost as though the priest is reborn in this special little voiceless handicapped boy. Later, curiosity compels the little boy to enter the church that is now inhabited by Evil. As the boy walks through the church we can see two Judas Breed bugs closing in on him. But, we also see in the stained glass Jesus and two guardian angels with swords. It is a powerful scene. My hat goes off to the filmmakers. In another unforgettable and powerful scene Dr. Susan Tyler, who has committed herself, again, to saving the world from this Evil, is confronted by a mysterious human-like shadow in the subway. The shadow is, of course, the Evil. The Judas Breed bug takes flight (Satan's angel wings) like Rodan, and carries Tyler off to underworld.
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She and the boy are "protected" by an implied sense of divine destiny. In the underworld Susan is able to elude her captors and in trying to find a way out (salvation) comes across the priest's cross. Interestingly, she discovers the little boy at the same time. I will not give away all the details of the story. But, in a very impressive scene at the end of the film, Susan uses the sharp base of the minister's cross to wound her hand. She holds her bloody hand up so the Judas Breed monster can smell the blood and be drawn to it. The monster runs toward the scent of blood and is cleverly killed by an oncoming underground train, which it didn't see because it was blinded by the light. The symbolism here3 is amazing.
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The Judas Breed monster bugs are ultimately wiped out by a fireball (very popular effect these days) that goes through the underground sewer tunnels. In the book of Revelation the end of evil is the Lake of Fire. With Evil destroyed, restoration and relationship which evil had prevented is now possible. Susan embraces her love with the cross in hand. Salvation and restoration through a bloody cross, wow, what a thought.

This film is the same as Event Horizon, Relic, Daylight, Alien and hundreds of others like Leviathan. The Hero (s) is trapped in the underworld (tunnel, spaceship, basement, etc) and confronts a form of Evil never before encountered. Relic does a good job of telling a familiar story only this time with a real and obvious sense of the conflict of Good and Evil which we all face and sometimes deny. How are you doing with the evil in your life?

VISITOR RESPONSES

DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW
Jan 15, 1999. I am a Christian and I do like your viewpoint. Yes, Mimic does have some Christain aspects in it but it also has very un-Christian-like aspects, namely that the Judas Breed changed its form by evolving. The movie says that, because the Judas Breed had a high birth rate, they had more generations than humanly possible in a million years, and because of this they evolved faster. That is definitely not Christian.
MY RESPONSE: Thank you. I appreciate your committed faith.

OFFERS CAUTION
From Mark Hutchins:
Here are my comments. But I suspect you've seen this type of comment before, but I'll add mine to the list just in case. Your reviews are well written, and have some good insights. But I'm afraid you're reading more into these movies than is really there, if you're looking for something that matches up with a Biblical Christian message. I would grant that some things that you mention parallel the Christian salvation themes. However, I believe you're often grasping for straws. While it's true that we can spot ingredients in films that might correlate to theological concepts in the Bible, I think it's a stretch to posit them as "Christian", when their really ideas that many religions share (good vs. evil, life after death, etc.). Plus, many philosophies agree with many religious views -- i.e. ethical concerns -- without having a belief in spiritual beings or places. So a humanist, for example, can look at those parts of films, and see them as mythological components. He or she doesn't put them down, but sees them as having dramatic weight, by portraying certain themes symbolically. You might be right when it comes to several ingredients a given director is incorporating in a film, especially if that person is deeply religious to begin with. But I would just offer some caution, when you review a film, and seeing spiritual significance, when none might even be there. Dramatic entertainment is more likely the motivation behind the stories, and the way they're told cinematically, than a Christian rationale. Generally speaking, though, I concur with your analysis, though I'm not a Christian myself.
MY RESPONSES: Thank you for your generous remarks. I totally agree with you. My insights are mine and are not those of the screenwriter or director, to be sure. I do not intend to suggest anything more than that. And yes, myths and religious ideas have a lot in common with each other. I present a Christian point of view, which is one of many.

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