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Synchronic (2020)

Overview

Two New Orleans paramedics' lives are ripped apart after encountering a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.
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Incluvie Movie Critiques


Antonio Matei
September 14, 2021
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'Synchronic': An Accelerated Time Travel That Could Have Been Great

Synchronic (2020) is special, but it doesn’t succeed in achieving all the objectives it aims for. The film is a science fiction oeuvre which tries to be cerebral at some points. Although the original idea is interesting, it only accomplishes talking about some serious matters superficially. Several spoilers ahead. Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) are two haggard paramedics from New Orleans. They are dealing with more and more strange deaths cases caused by a new designer drug. Apart from that, they start to experience some real-life problems. On the one hand, Steve discovers that he has cancer. On the other hand, Dennis has some serious family problems. All these complicated situations will test their friendship. At the beginning, you don’t know what point the movie is trying to make. It seems that the whole story is developed around this new drug, which is extremely addictive and dangerous. Moreover, it is a legal drug derived from the famous DMT, which makes it more interesting because it is an actual problem in our society. But then, out of the blue, you discover that the plot is about time travelling. Don’t misunderstand me, this plot twist is interesting, and I was captivated by it. Nevertheless, both ideas are not perfectly connected. As the film's seriousness increases, the storytelling also becomes more schematic. With a subtle neo-noir aesthetic, filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead try to create a whole new futuristic universe. At some point they lose their way as they attempt to depict time travelling. The failure is that they don’t really delve into questions about time travel. The movie turns out to be a fast presentation of different scenarios where Steve is constantly going. Each one of them depict a very well-known part of American history; apart from that, they don’t tell us anything new.
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Two New Orleans paramedics' lives are ripped apart after encountering a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

Rating:R
Genre:Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller
Directed By:Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson
Written By:Justin Benson
In Theaters:10/23/2020
Box Office:$1,019,041
Runtime:101 minutes
Studio:Patriot Pictures, Rustic Films, XYZ Films, Love & Death Productions, Pfaff & Pfaff Productions

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