Slater has a great job, a great girlfriend, and
a great life
until the Brand New-U corporation abducts his girlfriend and leaves an
identical corpse of her in her place.
Slater is forced to become an Identical in hopes of finding his lost
girlfriend. Brand New-U is all about
giving their clients better lives in different better places with the rule you
can’t bring anything from your old life.
Slater violates that when he brings along a Polaroid of him and his lost
girlfriend. Brand New-U bullies him as
he must navigate the various life upgrades in hope of finding her and himself.
IDENTICALS is a very intelligent and visual
from writer/ director Simon Pummell. He
draws influences from the myth of the doubles/ doppelgangers and Hitchcock
films (Vertigo, Rear Window) while seeing it could be a cousin to the movies of
Wong Kar Wai and Shane Carruth. He plays
with color and setting to represent different lives of Slater with the movie
starting out as desaturated to being very vibrant and colorful by the end. It
has a blend of ideas and philosophy at its
core (the question of identity and finding love against all odds) while you can
see it is a movie about a girl and a gun or even a visual sci-fi love
story. A guy looking for something he
once had and looking to reclaim it while forces in Brand New-U see it as
backwards like something he can never have.
DISCUSSION WITH WRITER/ DIRECTOR SIMON PUMMELL
discusses how he came up with the idea for the movie, talk about doubles/
doppelgangers, the story, and themes of IDENTITCALS in this very interesting 15
minute interview (but I wish he had also did an audio commentary for the movie).
VISUAL EFFECTS BREAKDOWN shows all of the digital
work involved in various scenes
Previews for HYENA ROAD
and EAST SIDE SUSHI
IDENTICALS is one of the most visual and interesting sci-fi movies to
hit DVD this year and hopefully it will gain
cult status as a classic in the years to come.
review is ©4-16-2016
David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments