DVD Review and GIVEAWAY: The Identical, ends 1/10

*Disclosure: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

My family and I sat down to watch The Identical last night, which was a movie I was excited to see. I gave away a copy of the soundtrack back in August 2014, and it's always fun to match up the songs from the soundtrack to the scenes in the movie where they are played.

In case you haven't heard of the movie, here's the official synopsis:

The IDENTICAL tells the compelling story of twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression. DREXEL HEMSLEY becomes an iconic 50’s rock ’n’ roll star, while RYAN WADE (Blake Rayne) struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. The Reverend Wade (Ray Liotta) and his wife (Ashley Judd) are sure their adopted son has been gifted and called by God to be a preacher. But Ryan challenges his parent’s vision for his life, and unflinchingly chooses to launch his own music career with his best friend (Seth Green). Encouraged by his wife (Erin Cottrell) and employer (Joe Pantoliano), Ryan embarks on an unpredictable, provocative path - performing the legendary music of Drexel Hemsley in sold out venues all across the country. As the brothers destinies tragically collide, Ryan discovers that Drexel is his identical twin which leads him to question everything he’s ever believed about God, family, and his own identity.

This was definitely a unique movie. My mom didn't like that one of the twins was given away at the beginning of the film, but that is what starts the ball rolling on the plot, so to speak - the twins' parents are poor and can't care for both of them, so their father decides to give one of them away to the local reverend and his wife, who are unable to have children of their own.

Ryan Wade/Drexel Hemsley's singing kind of reminded me of Elvis - it had that same doo-wop/rock 'n roll type feel to it. It was interesting that even though they were separated at birth, they both had a passion for singing, although Ryan has to struggle against his father's beliefs and Drexel makes a career out of it. 

Parts of this film were definitely cheesy, but it's a good "family night" film (no swearing, etc. in it) and I found the plot to be interesting. It also has a pretty good cast, including Joe Pantoliano, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Seth Green, and Blake Rayne, in the title role.

The Identical is rated PG, with a runtime of 107 minutes. 3 out of 5 stars

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