Them There Bugs

Unlike the sci-fi-horror flicks of the Fifties, movies like Mimic are overly self-conscious about their visual design and completely unconscious of the possibilities for entertainment. The radioactive ants in Them! look pretty silly today, but at least you could see Them. Del Toro is so devoted to gothic shadows in Mimic that he never gives you a full, satisfying gawk at his amazing flying Judases. If there was a kick to having nasty bugs upset the status quo in Fifties America, in the Nineties they come off as a predictable outgrowth of our everyday chaos. They're not haunting creatures of the id; they're disposable creatures of the "ick!"

Written by Guillermo Del Toro and Matthew Robbins, from a story by Donald A. Wolheim; directed by Guillermo Del Toro; with Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, F. Murray Abraham, Giancarlo Giannini, Josh Brolin, and Charles S. Dutton.

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