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Identicals (2015)

Brand New-U (original title)
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None Of Us Are As Unique As We Think. Brand New-U is a highly unconventional romantic thriller: an obsessive love story stripped down and re-arranged into the looping logic of a nightmare.

Director:

Simon Pummell

Writers:

Margot Knijn (story editor), Simon Pummell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lachlan Nieboer ... Slater
Nora-Jane Noone ... Nadia Serville
Nick Blood ... Joe
Michelle Asante Michelle Asante ... Brand New-U Manager
Tony Way ... Gun Dealer / Santa
Tim Ahern ... Brand New-U Founder
Jacinta Mulcahy ... Surgeon Abigail
Robert Wilfort ... Surgeon Peter
Anthony Cozens Anthony Cozens ... Geeky Friend Chris
Andrew Buckley ... Geeky Friend Jake
Brendan Condren ... Brand New-U Raider One
Aoife Byrne Aoife Byrne ... Brand New-U Raider Two
Tim Faraday ... Finder Raider (voice)
David Michael Scott David Michael Scott ... Brand New-U Raider Driver
Jamael Westman Jamael Westman ... Brand New-U Hood Kemal
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Storyline

The organization Brand New-U identifies networks of IDENTICALS - people who walk like you, talk like you, but are walking through different, better lives - and helps their customers make a life upgrade: eliminating the better-life donor, and relocating their client to that brand new life. Slater seems to have the perfect life, the perfect job and the perfect girlfriend. But when Slater's girlfriend is abducted by Brand New-U, and a corpse left in her place, he is forced to become an Identical. As he moves through a series of parallel lives, he becomes more and more obsessed with finding his girlfriend, but what he must find in the end is himself.

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neo noir | See All (1) »

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None of us are as unique as we hope

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Rated R for language, some violence, drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Plot based on 1966's "Seconds" starring Rock Hudson. See more »

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Way Too Murky & Nonsensical
6 April 2016 | by larrys3See all my reviews

I try and give low-budget sci-fi films more leeway to see without costly special effects if some nuggets of cleverness or originality can be found. Unfortunately, what I saw here came across as way too murky, obtuse, and nonsensical, for my tastes.

Told in a slow-paced and surrealistic manner, the story, from what I could garner, revolves around a nefarious and mysterious company, called Brand New-U, that apparently abducts or beats people into submission, to take them to their headquarters. Once there, they are transformed into a new version of themselves (or identical) via a type of hypnosis, brainwashing, and surgery. For what exact purpose this is done never really became clear to me, but there is a mention of rich benefactors of the corporation who believe a better human being can emerge. Huh?

The two stars of the movie have good screen presence but their talents, in my opinion, can't be realized within this dense plot. Simon Pummell handles the writing and direction, and just what he had in mind escapes me, I'm sorry to say.

All in all, this sci-fi flick didn't work for me at any level, and I would recommend not to waste your time here with this one.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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EUR1,300,000 (estimated)
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