Movies that deal with the subject of time travel are always interesting for me. I greatly enjoy seeing the different ideas that filmmakers have in regard to solving the paradox issues and whatnot. Not to mention, the special effects can be (and many times are) very cool. SYNCHRONICITY, a recent offering from Magnet Releasing, is a slick science fiction thriller that uses time travel as its base premise. And while it’s not perfect, it’s a heck of a lot of fun, and it’s a film I suggest giving a look.
If you are not familiar with SYNCHRONICITY, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Magnet Releasing:
A mind-bending sci-fi thriller in the tradition of Dark City and Blade Runner, about a brilliant physicist who has uncovered the secret of time travel, and a ruthless corporate tycoon that will stop at nothing to steal it. To protect his discovery, he must travel back in time, but in the process, he endangers his own existence and the very fabric of reality.
I read online this film was a micro-budget production, but I never learned what the actual budget was. Even so, the production team did a great job with the money at hand. It is not an effects-filled extravaganza, but those used look great and enhance the progression of the story.
SYNCHRONICITY is shot well and looks great onscreen. The acting is very good, with Chad McKnight portraying the lead character, Jim. McKnight reminds me of a young Jeffrey Combs for some reason, which is definitely a compliment. He is joined by actress Brianne Davis, who does a great job as Jim’s love interest, Abby. The rest of the cast compliments them, particularly screen vet Michael Ironside who can portray a villain like nobody else.
As mentioned, the special effects are good, although there’s not too many of them. I love the wormhole generating machine, as it looks very convincing. The ‘auras’ Jim sees during his blackouts are curious, and I wonder if they are images of some natural phenomenon.
The story is where the film has a couple of down-points. In addition to being a science fiction thriller, it is also a love story. This aspect works for the most part, however the plotline does have a couple of flaws. Granted, time travel is a tricky subject, and it’s not always easy to explain. But SYNCHRONICITY at least tries…unfortunately, the explanation is not exactly coherent. There’s a lot of insinuation involved, and the conclusion is not quite so conclusive. In the end, I had to make a couple of assumptions and then do some Internet digging to see if they were correct. (Interestingly, my assumptions were wrong, if what I read is accurate).
Still, I cannot deny SYNCHRONICITY is entertaining and certainly worth the watch. Director Jacob Gentry appears to have a bright future ahead, and I can say with the utmost certainty that I cannot wait to see what he does next. In the meantime, check out this fairly clever jaunt into the wormhole…it’s an interesting ride.