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I’ve been following The Identical almost from the beginning. We met the producers at NRB 2013 plus several of our actors from Flowers for Fannie and The Good Book filmed scenes in The Identical. I also interviewed a number of the cast and crew members at NRB 2014. So I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. I was wrong. Even though I knew the basic storyline and knew it would be well done, the movie was even better than I expected. It’s a quality movie that is sure to become a popular classic.

The Identical is the story of two twin brothers who are separated at birth and grow up in two worlds. The story focuses on Ryan Wade, the brother who is adopted by a preacher and his wife. He struggles to balance his love for music with his father’s conviction that he is called in ministry. It’s a beautiful message for anyone who has felt conflicted over what they feel called to do and what others tell them is their calling. It shares a message of hope and acceptance and accepting ourselves for who we are, not trying to be something we’re not. It’s not overtly Christian and will definitely appeal to a secular crowd, but it is a story that Christians will easily identify with.

From the beginning, this movie captured my attention and kept it throughout. While I had a general idea of where the movie was going, I never knew exactly what would happen next. It had just the right amount of twists and turns. The impressive cast did a great job of carrying the story. Blake Rayne was perfect casting for the dual role of the twin brothers. This was his first film role, but with his 6’4″ stature, piercing blue eyes, and a booming bass voice, he has a definite star quality. My favorite character/actor was Joe Pantaliano playing Avi, the service station owner. He was such a fun character especially in the serenade scene.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of The Identical is the soundtrack. The film features a dozen original songs created specifically for the movie. While they’re all new songs, they have a very authentic feel and I’m sure the average moviegoer will never realize that the songs aren’t period classics.

The Identical is coming to theaters September 5. I would highly recommend you check it out.

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Written by Sharon Wilharm

I'm a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker with over a decade of industry experience. I'm passionate about visual storytelling. I know firsthand that you don't have to spend a fortune to make a good movie, and you can tell a powerful story without ever saying a word. My desire with Faith Flix is to educate, inspire, and encourage my fellow filmmakers. I know that Christian filmmakers can make better movies, but it takes education and hard work. I'll help with the education and leave you to do the hard work.

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  1. Reblogged this on faithflixfilms and commented:

    The Identical is now available on DVD! It comes with 85 minutes of bonus material including behind the scenes footage, cast interviews, and more. I have two copies to give away. If you’d like to receive your own copy, comment below. Drawing ends January 31.

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  2. there is a half song right after Dexter dies that isn’t on the sound track, “you reign down, from heaven above” then I think it says strange love or something. It has Beautiful music. Can you tell me the name of it .

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