Synchronic

2019, Sci-fi/Mystery & thriller, 1h 40m

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Synchronic sets off on an intriguingly idiosyncratic sci-fi journey that should satisfy fans of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson's earlier work. Read critic reviews

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When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve and Dennis are called to a series of bizarre and gruesome accidents, they chalk it up to a mysterious new drug found at the scene. But after Dennis' oldest daughter disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality -- and the flow of time itself.

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  • Oct 25, 2021
    Synchronic is a leap in budget for the Benson and Moorhead team and for the best part it is another incredible journey. The film flips genres at one point and there's little error in this transition as it part of the story and it's something like this that sets these filmmakers apart from the standard Hollywood filmmakers. My only real issue with the film is the short running time and I feel this would've benefited from another 30 minutes. The film carries a horror tone and it was genuinely unsettling. I think the filmmakers pull the switch too early and rob the audience of further exploration of the weirdness. The film is still good at its current timeframe and it's only my opinion in the end. Interesting concept that could be further explored if the filmmakers choose to go down that road. Fingers crossed there's a DC at some point.
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  • Jan 15, 2021
    Synchronic is the most conventional, "mainstream" movie Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson have made to-date and unfortunately that's a bit of a step back. They're previous outings, especially their slow burn low-budget Resolution and the fantastic The Endless, are mind benders that slowly unwind the respective film's underlying mystery. The astute viewer can figure out what's happening in this film's surreal prologue. And just in case you still can't figure it out, there's a bit too much exposition later on to hammer it home. Anthony Mackie is excellent. It's hard to not subconsciously see Marvel's Falcon, but overall he is an effective dramatic lead. The chemistry with fellow EMT Jamie Dorn is believable and authentic and adds poignancy to the films more dramatic moments. They visit some well crafted scenes where they are called in as EMT's, and their weary "been here, done that " banter is effective. While the last act is WAY too formulaic, overall it's an entertaining flick, and if I hadn't seen their previous outings, I probably would have enjoyed it more. P.S. Anybody catch the Andrew Garland Annihilation synths in both the beginning and end?
    Mark B Super Reviewer

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