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Synchronicity (2015) Movie Review By Darrin Gauthier

Synchronicity Review

Director: Jacob Gentry
Writers: Jacob Gentry, Jacob Gentry
Stars: Chad McKnight, Brianne Davis, AJ Bowen

Plot:  A physicist who invents a time machine must travel back to the past to uncover the truth about his creation and the woman who is trying to steal it.

Running Time: 1 hour 41 Minutes

IMDB Score: 5.5

Why I Watched It: Honestly just because it was Sci-Fi and it didn’t hurt that Michael Ironside was in it.

Random Thoughts: While watching Synchronicity I had this thought that the time travel sub-genre is very limited now, don’t get me wrong we’ve had some very smart and entertaining films but really the set up is almost the same going back in time or trying to and fixing something or making it worse now you can do that in many ways but I will say I’ve seen my fair share of time travel movies and they’re beginning to feel the same.

What I Liked: This film goes the “smart” route of time travel, the science route and I’ll give them credit it comes off pretty well they do have some smart ideas and they do some cool and new things with them.  Now of course they also do the twisty thing and of course it gets a little confusing but I will say they do a couple of things I hadn’t seen before and they were clever about it.

You could tell this is a very small film there’s really like only 6 actors in it, with 4 being the main ones.  The film though looks very good and all the technical stuff is done pretty well, it’s shot well and the sound is good so you wouldn’t tell this was a small budget.

The acting is mixed here so let’s be positive first, of course Michael Ironside was good he’s always good but sadly he’s the bad guy and that’s it.  AJ Bowen is good and I have to say I would have liked his character as the lead.

This is pretty much a plot driven movie and for the most part I liked most of it, even though I might be getting a little tired of time travel it’s still a fun genre and if done right it always seems to grab me, the best part of the film is that they really do try to  go big with the science and the fiction and the film does do a couple of neat things and they don’t cheat.

What I Didn’t Like: The romance part did work for me at all and that has a lot to do with both of the actors Chad McKnight and Brianne Davis, they have no chemistry and even though McKnight gives a solid performance he’s not great with Davis the romance stuff really is just a stock cliched film noir subplot that really slows down the film and honestly makes it a worse film.  Davis is the weak link here, I didn’t buy her character for a second and she just didn’t ring true.  For a film that’s trying to be smart and trying to do something different they really screwed up focusing too much time on an element that at it’s best should have been a side plot but as the film goes on it becomes about their love and it didn’t work nearly as well as the science and time travel stuff.

As I was watching this I couldn’t help of thinking about the film Primer which is a cult hit and a really smart and intellectual time travel film and Synchronicity is like the step-brother of the film, or the poor man’s version of Primer.  I don’t like comparing films but they do more than nod in Primer’s direction.

Near the end I did think of the saying “a snake eating it’s own tail.” this film does go in on it’s self so much you might not only be confused but find yourself not caring.  The other thing with the film it does take awhile to get going and the first act is stiff and a little boring it does pick up but I almost stopped watching but hung with it.

Final Thoughts: If you’re a time travel fan then this is well worth a watch, at parts it’s compelling and clever the film for me just didn’t hang together as well as I would have liked.

Rating: 6/10