Synchronic Movie Review
After indie filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead jumped onto my radar with 2017’s The Endless, an inventive, engrossing and twisty sci-fi thriller, the duo’s body of work, while not always perfect, has repeatedly drawn me into their world(s).
Synchronic, their latest, proves Benson and Moorhead aren’t slowing down anytime soon, even if the movie itself doesn’t quite have the same effortless charm as some of their past works.
Starring Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Endgame) and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Gray), Synchronic is about a paramedic who stumbles across a new kind of drug that allows you to travel through time for a few minutes, though overuse leads to disintegration or something along those lines.
Boasting a more recognizable cast than their previous films and respectable visual effects, Synchronic is a smart, edgy, and entertaining little thriller that appears to be the final stepping stone before B & A go mainstream (maybe?). Along those lines, Synchronic seems like a slight step back from the independent innovation the directors are known for; while the film is still creative, the story is surprisingly straightforward and not fully realized. The best time travel movies use the concept as a central tenet to expand the scope of possibilities, to bend the audience’s experiences and amplify the risk of things spiraling (or splintering) out of control. Synchronic simply doesn’t do this, which is a real shame given the potential and the directors’ approach to time travel in The Endless.
Nevertheless, in a year that is or has largely become movie-barren, Synchronic is an engaging thriller that holds your attention and pulses to its own beat. Just because it isn’t Benson and Moorhead’s best film doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the trip. I just wish it had been a little trippier.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.