Directed and written by J.T. Petty
Based on the short story “Mimic” by Donald Wollheim
Think The Boy in the Plastic Bubble meets Rear Window meets Mimic and you are half way to figuring out the plot of Mimic 3 Sentinel. Karl Geary (Nadja, The Burrowers) is Marvin Montrose; an environmentally hypersensitive young man who can’t leave the confines of his controlled room in an apartment that he shares with his mother Simone (Amanda Plummer, Pulp Fiction, The Fisher King ) and his younger sister Rosy (Alexis Dziena, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Broken Flowers). If you smoke, Marvin needs oxygen; perfume, Marvin needs oxygen. Since he can’t go out very often Marvin spends his time photographing the street below and the neighbors in the apartment building across from him; especially Carmen (Rebecca Mader, Iron Man 3, The Devil Wears Prada). Marvin and Rosy witness a drug dealer friend of Rosy’s being murdered and call the police; except Detective Dumars (John Kapelos, The Breakfast Club, Roxanne) is more interested in Simone than he is in following up on the case. Marvin suspects Garbageman (Lance Henriksen, Aliens, Sasquatch), a mysterious neighbor from across the way. He also believes there’s a connection between the murders/disappearances, Garbageman and the Judas Breed (the mutated cockroaches from the first Mimic). Is Marvin being paranoid; or does he need to keep a can of Raid beside his bed at night?
If there is such a thing as an ‘unoriginal’ original idea then Mimic 3 Sentinel has to be it. I noticed that the film doesn’t get a high rating on IMDb.com and to be honest I can’t understand why. I liked the movie. It takes a lot to go off track and take a different route with an already established series like Mimic. Granted, Mimic 3 Sentinel doesn’t have the same level of suspense as the first film and I for one can’t see how a short story (by Donald Wollheim) can be stretched out to three movies. Mimic 3 Sentinel is another film chosen from the Rue Morgue magazine “200 Alternative Horror Movies You Need to See” edition. Director-screenwriter J.T. Petty (S&man, Hellbenders 3D) has crafted a neat little film that, while been there and done that, still deserves a look. Give it a shot, but watch it in the dark; if you turn the light on the DVD or Blu-ray will shoot out of your system and hide behind your refrigerator.
Martial-arts actor Gary Daniels was up for the role of Detective Gary Dumars which was ultimately played by John Kapelos.
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