The Identical

| January 11, 2015

The Identical follows twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression named Drexel Hemsley and Ryan Wade (both portrayed by Blake Rayne). Drexel, raised by his birth parents, grows up to achieve rock-n-roll stardom 20 years later, and Ryan, adopted by a reverend and his wife, struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his parents who believe he has been called on by God to become a preacher.

Against his parents’ wishes, Ryan chases a musical career, embarking on an unpredictable journey where he eventually finds his stride, ironically enough, as a Drexel Hemsley impersonator, and uncovers his hidden family secret, leading him to question everything he’s ever believed about God, family and his own identity.

When the mother gave birth, the parents couldn’t take care of both boys, so they were separated; with the caveat that only after the birth father’s death would either brother be told about the adoption.

And as time goes on, as Ryan continues his music career, he finds that he has the same “skin” as his brother, Drexel. Ryan works hard, but grows infatuated with the life and adventures of the brother that he feels so close to but yet doesn’t realize that they are related. Eventually, Ryan learns the truth about his birth, ONLY after the reverend, played by Ray Liotta, has a non-fatal heart attack. What ensues is a story of longing and hurt, on the part of the one son who feels he has been left behind. The two brothers meet, but even then they don’t know that they are, in fact, brothers. Ryan manages to win a singing contest that Drexel just happens to be participating in as a judge.

A powerfully redemptive story about a young man in search of both his purpose and his identity, The Identical is a great family film that presents a good message. The movie arrives on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, DVD, VOD and Digital HD January 13 from Cinedigm and City of Peace Films. This “wholesome and faith-friendly” (Catholic News Service) film boasts an all-star cast, including Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, Brian Geraghty and newcomer Blake Rayne.

The Identical Blu-ray is packed with bonus material, including an inside look at the music from the film, which includes a score that features more than 20 original songs, all produced and co-written by Motown legend, Jerry Marcellino.

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About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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