Director: Simon Pummell
Cast: Lachlan Nieboer, Nora-Jane Noone, Nick Blood, Tony Way
Running Time: 96 minutes
Writer/director Simon Pummell has an interesting idea here. The basic plot has couple Slater (Nieboer) and Nadia (Noone) uprooted when the latter is taken in the middle of the night, having opted for a brand new life, unbeknownst to Slater. A replica of her is made so the old her is dead and she can start a new life with no memory of what’s happened. Confused, Slater goes to try to find her and discovers a world he previously didn’t know about.
The film is engaging when you’re first introduced to it and trying to figure this world out. Pummell keeps things in the mysterious realm as we, through Slater, learn more and more. Yet, there seems to be a scene missing where Slater learns something and we don’t. Pummell and cinematographer Reinier van Brummelen certainly have an eye for a shot and the film is littered with good-looking visuals that go a long way to creating this world that we’re in. One long-shot, in particular, is nicely done and happens at a moment where you feel the film is really going to kick into the next gear, but it does.
Often at times in the film, certainly in the second half, you get the feeling that plot progression has been sacrificed for another good-looking visual, which itself becomes diluted as the film goes on. Opting for style over substance can work, but you need to have the plot and characters be engaging on some level. Unfortunately, these aren’t.
IDENTICALS is released on digital download on August 15th and DVD from August 22nd.