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North American Release
From Brit Writer/Director Simon Pummell and Producer Janine Marmot comes the science-fiction thriller IDENTICALS, debuting in US theaters, on Demand and Digital March 25 and arriving on DVD April 5 from Samuel Goldwyn Films & Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In IDENTICALS, the organization Brand New U helps its customers make a “life upgrade” by replacing their life with an “identical” but more advantageous one. The film stars Lachlan Nieboer (Charlie Countryman), Nora-Jane Noone (Brooklyn), Nick Blood (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Michelle Asante (London Boulevard) and Tony Way (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
Jonathan Glazer lit a beacon for European sci-fi with Under the Skin; now Simon Pummell’s here to keep that flame alive. An exhilarating future vision that cuts with a razor sharp blade right to the heart of a number of contemporary concerns.
Thomas Humphrey, CINEUROPA
A rich and allusive work, intellectually ambitious and visually arresting... possessed by a haunting strangeness that lingers long after the credits fade.
Stephen Dalton, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
A twisty, tricksy British sci-fi thriller... this is a British genre piece with heart and a brain.
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Joel Harley, STARBURST
"Brilliant, a stunning, mindbending sci-fi thriller about one man's search for the perfect woman that out–Dicks Philip K. Dick, deserves to win the Michael Powell, best British Sci–Fi of the year."
★★★★★ David Watson, MOVIE RAMBLINGS
Writer- Director Simon Pummell goes for thrills and complexities in the tale of a sinister corporation that replaces humans with 'identicals'. Here is a very distinctive science-fiction parable from writer-director Simon Pummell: it is filmed in a burnished, measured manner. It is as accessible as The Double, and even Total Recall, but has a texture and atmosphere that are very much its own.
Andrew Pulver, The Guardian
A tense and dramatic showing of dream logic. Calls forth a formidable dose of the lone isolation of thrillers as diverse as Point Blank and Memento. Bringing to mind something of the philosophical concerns of Metropolis and Blade Runner.
★★★★☆ Robert W Monk, FLICKERING MYTH
A stunning to look at sci-fi love story.
An intricate and thought-provoking piece of British cinema.
Science-fiction for grown-ups, a total mindfuck of a movie!'
SCREEN KICKER MOVIES
IDENTICALS has screened in competition at the following Film Festivals:
- Edinburgh International Film Festival
- Nominated for the Michael Powell Award
- International Film Festival Rotterdam – Critics Choice
- Sitges International Festival of Fantastic Film
- L’Etrange Film Festival, Paris Opening Film
- Utopiales, International Festival of Science Fiction
- Sci-Fi London Film Festival
- Courmayeur Noir International Film Festival
- Sao Paulo International Film Festival
- Malatya International Film Festival, Turkey
- Cork International film Festival