The DVD selections coming Tuesday, Jan. 13, are hurt by uninspired writing.
All of the elements were there to make this a toe-tapping, soul-touching salute to the King. ut one missed opportunity after another leaves it merely a passable tale that’s a thinly veiled homage to what might have happened if Elvis Presley’s twin — Jesse Garon — had not been stillborn.
“The Identical” isn’t all misses. Blake Rayne is likable and has a solid singing voice. The soundtrack sounds enough like the Elvis catalog to be familiar. The spiritual message is delivered clearly but is not heavy handed.
It has neither taut drama nor first-rate action to give it any life. It doesn’t help that the usually dependable Liam Neeson has fallen into a rut of playing tough lawmen. This time, he’s a retired New York detective who left the force after an unfortunate shooting incident eight years ago.
Despite similarities to Neeson’s “Taken,” the actor fails to give this movie the same kind of power. He sleepwalks his way through every scene. The best moment is a phone conversation between the cop and one of the killers. As Neeson showed in “Taken,” he can make a telephone chat a chilling experience. It’s just too bad that conversation comes late in the movie.
The bad acting, writing and directing could be forgiven. But what makes this film such a despicable piece of garbage is how much the horror depends on putting a baby in jeopardy. This is the cheapest and least imaginative way to engage an audience, and it comes across as a desperate attempt to save a project that is a total disaster.
Also new on DVD Jan. 13