Same Kind of Different As Me                  review by Bobby Blakey

Typically when I see the Dove logo on a film it gets me a bit worried. While these films always mean well and offer up faith and family friendly features more often than not they tend to not be all that great. The latest though, Same Kind of Different As Me features a great cast including Renee Zellweger, Jon Voight, Greg Kinear, and Djimon Hounsou but does it have a story and quality to bring something that stands out on the screen or will it fail to find its faith?

Same Kind of Different As Me follows International art dealer Ron Hall who must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives. Going in other than the cast I knew nothing about this film so was pretty surprised at not only how good it was but how heavy. The story is not overly complicated, but there is plenty of meat here for people to chew on. This true story takes on numerous real life situations including acceptance, love, loss, betrayal and faith. This could have easily gotten lost on itself with so much going and early on it felt like it was going in a complete different direction, but surprisingly the focus was something all-together different.

The cast all do a great job with Kinear and Zellweger offering up great chemistry both good and bad for their story to unfold effectively. While they are both great and Kinear carries the heaviest load for most of the film it is Hounsou who really steals the show. His character is so tormented, complex and lost and he manages to bring it all the table and make you truly interested and engaged to who he is and what he has been through. The journey of all of these characters parallel each other without every getting in the way. Together they have created some powerful performances across the board that will make you laugh, cry and hurt all while finding a sense of peace and satisfaction in their journey.

I was surprised but loved the amount of depth to this film that I did not expect. It is the kind of film that makes you feel heartbroken and uplifted all at once. Everything here is so relevant to the issues of today and makes it a film that needs to be seen. At the end it will affect everyone differently, but it’s the message that is truly important. Stay through the credits for the real life photos and updates to these real life people and where their journey takes them.  

In addition to the film this release includes bonus content including commentary, deleted and extended scenes, and featurettes about bringing this real life story to the screen.

 

Grab your copy of Same Kind of Different As Me when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on February 20th from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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