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‘The Identical’ ~ CFDb Movie Review

‘The Identical’ ~ CFDb Movie Review


The Identical

In 1936, William and Helen Hemsley (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) welcome identical twin boys into the world. But their joy is quickly tempered by a sobering realization; how could they give these children any kind of a life beyond the desperate poverty that haunted many families in the midst of the Great Depression? When evangelist Reece Wade (Ray Liotta) reveals that he and his wife Louise (Ashley Judd) cannot have children, William feels the Lord’s prompting to give them one of the infant boys. Both brothers are born with passion, drive and awesome musical talent, but take very separate, yet converging paths.

Drexel Hemsley (Blake Rayne) rises like a comet and changes the music world forever. His adopted brother, Ryan Wade (also played by Blake Rayne) struggles to find the purpose for his life. All the way into manhood he wrestles with pleasing Reverend Wade, his loving but controlling father, who is convinced his son Ryan is called into the ministry.

Ryan is encouraged by his loving and supportive wife Jenny (Erin Cottrell) and lifelong friends Dino and Avi (Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano) to follow his musical dreams. And oh, can he sing, just like his world famous twin! “The Identical” is a captivating journey spanning five decades from the 1930′s through the 1970′s.

This story is about the restoration and the reconciliation of a family broken apart by culture, creed and tradition. Movie-going audiences will be drawn to this timeless tale of love, hope, and redemption that speaks to all generations.


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The Identical

This is a really good film, just didn’t show much for Christianity in it, couldn’t see it as a tool to reach people for Christ or for strengthening someone’s faith.  Here were some highlights:

  • Great Cinematography and humor throughout.
  • Fabulous singing throughout, especially loved the boy singing the memory verse in church.  Great moment!  Reminded me of ‘Words by Heart‘, which is a film I would highly recommend.
  • Very unique film in a lot of ways.

identical-eric-cottrellErin Cottrell

So, who doesn’t LOVE Erin Cottrell?  She reminds me so much of one of my sisters, which may be why I’ve always loved her in whatever she plays in, although I don’t remember seeing her before the ‘Love Comes Softly’ series.

Erin was fabulous in this film and I loved the way she was so patient and kind, she was the best example of Christianity I saw in this film, and even then, it wasn’t enough to really consider this a Christian film for us.

The strongest message in this film is that we need to know where we come from, so we can understand our true calling. The reason I say it doesn’t show a real need for God is because the dad, played by Ray Liotta, is so harsh at times that it’s hard to really want to be a Christian by his example.  What bothered us the most is that the main character finds his true calling, but it’s a calling for Rock N Roll, which doesn’t add up with Bible truth.  Did you know “Rock and rolling” originally was a term frequently used in predominantly black neighborhoods to mean “having sexual intercourse”.  Urban Dictionary.  The words to the songs sung during this film have nothing to do with God or His ways.  It just seems to go against God, rather than be a true calling.


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Official DVD/Blu-ray Release date 1/13/2015


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  1. Cindy says
    21 July 14, 9:11am

    Great review and perspective. I admit that I am more interested in the soundtrack…and I know that you are not into the music in a film as much as I am. 🙂
    It does sound like it may be one of those that claims to be faith-based because there is a Christian story line included. It will be interesting to see how well it does in theaters.

  2. Annelie says
    21 July 14, 2:54pm

    I am interested to see how it does and to hear other perspectives on this one.


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