“Synchronicity” opens with a group of three scientists, led by Jim Beale (Chard McKnight), along with Chuck (AJ Bowen) and Matty (Scott Poythress), are working on a machine that they think will open a wormhole. Their hope is that they can send something they can instantly recognize as something unique, through the wormhole to themselves, therefore proving that time travel can happen. Jim hasn’t slept in days surviving on coffee/energy drinks and Matty keeps messing up the run-throughs. Due to the rarity of the power source of the time machine, they will only have one chance to prove that the machine works.
Their main financier, Klaus Meisner (Michael Ironside), shows up demanding to see the machine in action. Jim reluctantly agrees to a test, and he passes out as the test apparently fails. By the time Jim wakes up, Klaus has left the building. However, after viewing the video footage of the experiment, it looks as if the test was a success. Jim thinks he sees someone in the footage running from the time machine, and a very rare and expensive flower has suddenly appeared near the entrance of the machine.
Jim tries to catch Klaus and instead meets Abby (Brianne Davis), who just might be the figure that Jim saw running from the machine. The attraction between the two is apparent right away though their conversation is a bit confusing to the both of them. Little does Jim know that Abby will be the key to everything that happens from this point on.
“Synchronicity” is a low budget but excellent looking Sci-Fi movie that has a rather complicated love story at its center. It’s also a mystery, with more twists and turns that you could ever imagine. Some are slightly predictable, but more than once I was fooled and surprised where the film ended up going in an entirely different direction. Writer/director Jacob Gentry, who keeps the film moving with a quick pace, never lets the film drag or get static. The film does get a bit complicated at times, but it does an excellent job of keeping us in the know as the movie progresses. The film has a great synth score by Ben Lovett that perfectly sets the futuristic mood of the film and cinematography by Eric Maddison, makes the film feel at home in an ultra-modern world, right up there with other Sci-Fi films like “Blade Runner.”
I especially enjoyed the two leads of the movie. Chad McKnight, playing the determined scientist Jim, has a nice presence on the screen, bringing us a character that while the hero of the film is trying to save his machine from the clutches of Klaus, he is also ready to risk everything for love. He has great chemistry with Brianne Davis, who plays the mysterious and possible evil Helen. Davis has a quality about her that makes her the perfect femme fatale, bringing both an air of sexiness and smarts to the screen. Michael Ironside, while not playing a huge part, still brings his menacing style to the screen, making Klaus a man not to be messed with.
“Synchronicity” is a stylish Sci-Fi with a bit of film noir and mystery built in. It’s a film that any Sci-Fi fan can get into and truly enjoy. It will keep you guessing on how it’s going to end to very last frame. My Rating: Full Price
My movie rating system from Best to Worst: 1). I Would Pay to See it Again 2). Full Price 3). Bargain Matinee 4). Cable 5). You Would Have to Pay Me to See it Again
The film is playing exclusively at AMC Southlake 24
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