I’ve been following The Identical almost from the beginning. We met the producers at NRB 2013 plus several of our actors from Flowers for Fannie and The Good Book filmed scenes in The Identical. I also interviewed a number of the cast and crew members at NRB 2014. So I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. I was wrong. Even though I knew the basic storyline and knew it would be well done, the movie was even better than I expected. It’s a quality movie that is sure to become a popular classic.
The Identical is the story of two twin brothers who are separated at birth and grow up in two worlds. The story focuses on Ryan Wade, the brother who is adopted by a preacher and his wife. He struggles to balance his love for music with his father’s conviction that he is called in ministry. It’s a beautiful message for anyone who has felt conflicted over what they feel called to do and what others tell them is their calling. It shares a message of hope and acceptance and accepting ourselves for who we are, not trying to be something we’re not. It’s not overtly Christian and will definitely appeal to a secular crowd, but it is a story that Christians will easily identify with.
From the beginning, this movie captured my attention and kept it throughout. While I had a general idea of where the movie was going, I never knew exactly what would happen next. It had just the right amount of twists and turns. The impressive cast did a great job of carrying the story. Blake Rayne was perfect casting for the dual role of the twin brothers. This was his first film role, but with his 6’4″ stature, piercing blue eyes, and a booming bass voice, he has a definite star quality. My favorite character/actor was Joe Pantaliano playing Avi, the service station owner. He was such a fun character especially in the serenade scene.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of The Identical is the soundtrack. The film features a dozen original songs created specifically for the movie. While they’re all new songs, they have a very authentic feel and I’m sure the average moviegoer will never realize that the songs aren’t period classics.
The Identical is coming to theaters September 5. I would highly recommend you check it out.