Friday, April 1, 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Identicals

Rated R; 100 minutes; $25.99; Amazon
Arriving on DVD on April 5th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is the British science-fiction thriller Identicals. Directed by documentary maker Simon Pummel, the film was released to limited theater screens,Digital and On Demand on March 25th. It stars Nick Blood (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Lachlan Nieboer (Charlie Countryman), Nora - Jane Noone (Brooklyn), Michelle Asante (London Boulevard) and Tony Way (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

Special Features on the single-disc DVD includes:

Discussion with Writer/Director Simon Pummell

Visual Effects Breakdown

Set in a strange futuristic world, Identicals centers on Slater (played by Lachlan Nieboer), a man who witnesses his girlfriend's abduction by the Brand New-U Identifies, a network that helps people have a better life by walking into the body of someone else.

After a confrontation with Nadia's look-alike (played by Nora-Jane Noone), Slater is accused of murder, well that is until the Brand New-U Identifies offers him a choice - take the rap for the murder or upgrade his life.

Slater chooses the latter and becomes an Identical. Sadly, he can never let his past disappear, and he ends up searching for his only true love, Nadia.

Final Thoughts: While I'm not the biggest science fiction fan, I do occasionally watch a scifi flick; which lead me wanting to watching the new film Identicals. The film stars out off with a weird Blade Runner atmosphere and it quickly switches over a to a bizarre, twisted version of Total Recall, minus the great special effects and Schwarzenegger.

I will say I was intrigued with the films dark, moody feel and a few of the camera shots, as well as most of the acting. However, the plot is off the wall crazy, which will easily leave any viewer scratching their head and wondering what the hell had they just watched. Yeah, the story is a little confusing. amd there are way too many boring scenes.

Overall, at first glance Indenticals looks like a well-crafted scifi epic, but underneath it offers nothing new to the genre. Don't get me wrong, the film does have a few okay moments here and there, but it will only appeal to die-hard science fiction fans.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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