"THE IDENTICAL" from Freestyle Releasing opens Fri., Sept. 5, 2014.
STARRING: Blake Rayne, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano, Erin Cottrell and Amanda Crew.
DIRECTOR: Dustin Marcellino (directorial debut).
SYNOPSIS: Twin brothers are unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression. Drexl Hemsley (Rayne) becomes an iconic 1950s rock star while Ryan Wade (Rayne) struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. The Reverend Wade (Liotta) and his wife (Judd) are sure their adopted son has been called by God to be a preacher but Ryan has a different idea, instead starting a band with his best friend (Green). As the brothers' destinies tragically collide, Ryan discovers that Drexel is his twin which leads him to question everything he's ever believed about God, family and his own identity.
This film is labeled as a Christian musical drama which basically means a parable. In this case, it's the story of two young lads wronged from the get-go who took different paths to get to the same place. There obviously has to be a tragedy involved and God once again takes the blame.
The real tragedy here is that this film was ever made. The message isn't timely or meaningful, the music sucks, the dialogue is blander than bland and the entire production is less valuable than any episode of Full House. This kind of situational drama could've been wrapped up in 23 minutes by Danny Tanner's insightful parenting skills. Joey could've done some cartoon impressions and Jesse could've combed his hair twenty to thirty times while staring at pretty girls. The audience could've wondered what would become of Kimmy Gibbler and we could all have whistled along with the closing credit theme. Instead, we're all stuck with this rubbish.