THE PLOT THUS FAR
Twin brothers are unknowingly separated at birth; one of them becomes an iconic rock ‘n’ roll star, while the other struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Identical” is a fictional account that loosely riffs on the old Elvis Presley origin tales. For those of you that didn’t grow up in the land of fried chicken and Waffle Houses, Elvis had a twin brother at birth. But, little Jesse died and Elvis began the first half of his “Walk Hard”/”Walk the Line” life. This movie wants you to believe that in the magical era of Depression era Southeastern America, anything could happen. A poor couple could sell one of their twins to a religious couple and then the twins grow up to discover that they are musical talents. It’s enough to make most of the Worst 10 of 2014 lists currently being published.
The shadow of Elvis Presley weighs heavily over the film. When you start getting away from that conceit, you see a rather cheap movie that boasts decent star power. Most poor reviews of the film have come from the fact that they can’t believe that this talent is doing such a paper thin film. If anything, the movie runs way too long for not having much to say other than follow your dream. Ashley Judd tries to elevate the material, but there’s not a ton of places for it to go. Your kinder and gentler friends might dig it, but it’s not for everyone.
The Blu-Ray comes with a rather strong DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track and supportive 1080p transfer. It’s not impressive, but it stands above the average mix we get for most period piece drama. Check out the special features below.
- The Making of The Identical featurette
- Behind the Scenes with Cast Commentary
- The Music of The Identical featurette
- Zaxbys Promotional Video
- Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer
RELEASE DATE: 01/13/2015