I watched Identicals (Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) recently. The R-rated movie is about a world where Identicals exist. Identicals are people who look like you, walk like you, and talk like you, but they live different, better lives. In the story, people upgrade their lives by replacing their doppelgangers. I like the idea behind the story, but the ending was on the confusing side. It’s what I call an artsy fartsy ending. Identicals is available now video on demand, and will be available on DVD on Tuesday (April 5th).
Identicals are Doppelgangers
In the story, an organization called Brand New-U helps people get better lives. They do this by finding someone who looks and talks like you. These doppelgangers (Identicals) are like you, but they live better lives. Brand New-U then replaces the better you with you, so you too can live the perfect life. In the movie, Slater’s girlfriend is replaced by an Identical. And then Slater becomes an Identical too because of the trouble caused by his girlfriend’s replacement. He’s supposed to move on with his new life, but he can’t because he’s obsessed with finding his old girlfriend.
Three Life Spaces
The main character, Slater, essentially has three lives. In the first life space, he lived a near-perfect life with his girlfriend. In his second life, Slater becomes an Identical. Even though he and his girlfriend from his first life have moved on in the form of Identicals, they end up working in the same building. Naturally, they meet and fall in love again. Slater’s third life is the artsy fartsy ending I mentioned earlier. In my opinion, the third part of the movie was confusing and you couldn’t connect with any of the characters.
Lachlan Nieboer isn’t the Star
Lachlan Nieboer played the part of the main character, Slater. But I thought the character was boring. I was actually more intrigued with Nadia, played by Nora-Jane Noone. She’s Slater girlfriend in the film and seems more interesting. Other cast members include Nick Blood (Joe), Tony Way (Gun Dealer / Santa), Robert Wilfort (Surgeon Two ‘Peter’), Jacinta Mulcahy (Abigail), Andrew Buckley (Friend Two), Phelim Kelly (Shopper), Michelle Asante (Manager), Tim Faraday (Finder), Clare Monnelly (Worker), Tim Ahern (The Founder), Martin Richardson (Santa 2 / Slater’s Body Double), Sukie Smith (Waitress ‘Sarah’), and Anthony Cozens (Friend One). Identicals was directed by Simon Pummell.
Identicals Bonus Materials
The Identicals DVD includes the 100-minute movie. In addition, it includes two bonus featurettes:
- Discussion with Writer/Director Simon Pummell
Pummell’s process of creating the world of Identicals
- Visual Effects Breakdown
Step by step process of how scenes are brought to life with the help of green screen and visual effects
The organization Brand New-U identifies networks of Identicals — people who walk like you, talk like you, but are walking through different, better lives — and helps their customers make a life upgrade: eliminating the better-life donor, and relocating their client to that brand new life. Slater seems to have the perfect life, the perfect job and the perfect girlfriend. But when Slater’s girlfriend is abducted by Brand New-U, and a corpse left in her place, he is forced to become an Identical. As he moves through a series of parallel lives, he becomes more and more obsessed with finding his girlfriend, but what he must find in the end is himself.
More info: Identicals DVD
[Disclosure: I received a DVD for review purposes. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]