Not sure if a sequel to Guillermo Del Toro's underrated and excellent sci-fi thriller Mimic (1997) was really necessary but here it is - Mimic 2-Hardshell, another direct-to-video cash in from Dimension Home Entertainment. Yep, seems like one of those nasty and gene-manipulated cockroaches (Judas bug) is back and ready to terrorize New York City. Not as clever and thrilling as the first one but I might dare to say quite entertaining nonetheless. Meet Remi (reprising her role from Mimic: Alix Koromzay - interesting actress, also seen in The Haunting & Children Of The Corn 666), a quirky school teacher with bad luck in dating men. Discussing the sex life of insects while having dinner with a date - taking moody snapshots of herself afterwards pinning them to her closet door - Remi's quite a character even though she's unhappy with her own sex life. She may or may not realize this but she's definitely a "dude-magnet": One of her underaged pupils wants to live with her, the bald and fat school janitor bugs her with sleazy comments she also gets asked for a date from one of her teenage ex-students :eek2: plus a Detective seems to have the hots for her while investigating the mysterious deaths of her dates. They all pop up dead with their faces torn off. Is Remi a psychotic killer? :eek1: But wait! there's another "Remi" admirer lurking in the dark, watching her every move. A tall dark stranger who's able to climb walls, fly through the air and changing his face at will. Yup, you probably guessed it. It's Mr. Mimic and he has chosen Remi to be his future bride ... Alix Koromzay is no Mira Sorvino and TV director Jean de Segonzac is certainly no Guillermo Del Toro but I'll be damned if Mimic 2 isn't a fun movie to watch. I'm not saying it's perfect though. Sure it's lacking, especially in the f/x department but I still think they did a pretty good job on this sequel. M2 looks very good, gotta love the first 45 minutes. Imaginative camerawork, flashy editing, cool lightning and a few nice death scenes makes this film worthwhile. I thought the ending was kinda weak though, the usual "run, hide and scream" ending. Another thing: Why do they ALWAYS play military drums whenever the military shows up in a movie? Eagah! It's soooo cliche. Hows the disc? Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, the sound is quite active! Heavy action from the Surround speakers, very impressive! Video is 1.85:1, 16:9 enhanced. Clean & colorful transfer but I'm not sure if this is the correct aspect ratio. I'm no expert but it seems like they enhanced a full screen print? In most closeups the heads of the actors are "cut off" at the top. Extras include lots of interesting behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes (nothing special), a behind-the-sound featurette and a few bonus trailers (no M2 trailer though). M2 is recommended. Worth a rental at least.