February 26, 2021

Synchronic – Digital HD Jan 29th

3 min read

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New Orleans paramedics Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) begin to encounter some awful and viscerally brutal murders, the only connection is a drug named synchronic. When Dennis daughter goes missing Steve becomes obsessed with finding her. He soon finds that Synchronic is not just a psychotropic drug that has people dying in mental unexplained ways but get this… Its also a time travel drug. Yup that’s a plot point in this movie and boy do they bury the lead on that score. The important question being, which rules do we follow? T2 or Back to the Future??

SYNCHRONIC

Director: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead   Writer: Justin Benson

Cast: Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Katie Aselton

First of all I want to talk about how bloody gorgeous this movie is. The darkness, the grit and the rundown reality is all so vibrant and pops which gives the New Orleans setting a life of its own. Anything could come around the corner and you would believe it was a part of this world. Then there are the limited VFX that get used somewhat sparingly to show that yes we will venture into the Sci-Fi realm but on our terms saving those big moments for the tail end of the movie.

While I genuinely loved the plot of this flick and it’s high concept… ummm concept. It’s not without its flaws and one of the most glaring was the fact that they introduce you to a vital plot point really early on for you to pretty much figure out that this is where the movie will potentially end up but the characters of the movie seem to be too dumb to figure this out on their own. I’m probably being super critical for no real reason at all here but if I’m shouting at the tv about how stupid the characters are then I imagine most other viewers are.

Both Dornan and Mackie are spot on with Mackie doing the bulk of the heavy lifting and driving things forward while Dornan sort of takes a bit of a back seat HOWEVER he ain’t no slouch either putting in some really key top notch scenes that served to change my perspective on him as an actor. Katie Aselton is wonderful as usual, always been a fan since the days of The League and it’s awesome to see her taking on very different roles like this.

I am so pleased to see that these directors are capable of putting out a concept like this, not only did they think of it but they expertly executed the finished project. I believe it was 2017 when the Endless came out and I was impressed by these two then but here we are a short while later and you can see how much they have matured and learnt as fimmakers, probably how they could attach these high profile stars, which I guess is always what you want to see. It’s an easy 4 out of 5 for me. Couple little niggles but for the most part I have no issues.

4/5

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