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Synchronic (2020) Review

Time Is An Illusion

Release Date: October 23rd, 2020
Length: 1H 42M
Genre: Drama, Science-Fiction, Thriller
Available On Netflix

I, like many other movie goers over the past couple years have been getting tired of the monotony of “big hollywood movies.” People have said that there is no originality left in Hollywood, everything is a reboot, or a sequel or a comic book adaptation and that is about it. But I think people need to start looking a bit harder to find the unique indie projects that we have been blessed with. Sure they’re not blockbuster films, but they have blockbuster ideas that deserve to be seen by the masses. Synchronic is no different.

Synchronic is a movie that I didn’t see the trailer for, I knew I wanted to see it because I trust the directors and writers wholeheartedly. I was literally looking up the films IMDb page every other day to see if it was playing anywhere near me or if I could rent it on demand, and in 2020 there was no such luck… surprise surprise. So I waited semi-patiently-ish… for it to get released on home video, I remember heading out super early in the morning to go pick up a copy. It was worth the wait.

Synchronic is a Drama, Science Fiction and Thriller film about two paramedics’ lives that are ripped apart after they encounter a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s filmography consists of Resolution (2012), Spring (2014) and The Endless (2017).

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have been a writer/directors duo I recently got super into from watching their other films. They’ve been making these fascinating and unique indie horror movies for the past couple of years and when I saw that they were making this next film with the cast they had and the premise I was super into it. I knew that I would be watching a unique film with some really interesting ideas and that is exactly what I received. They had an excellent premise for a movie that felt believable and was grounded in reality. It was also refreshing to watch an original movie. I trust these filmmakers explicitly and even though they’re adapting Moon Knight to Disney+ for Marvel, I hope they continue making their brand of indie thrillers for years to come.

Synchronic stars Anthony Mackie as Steve and Jamie Dornan as Dennis.

Anthony Mackie’s filmography consists of 8 Mile (2002) – totally didn’t realize until now that Papa Doc was Anthony Mackie… and now I cannot unsee it. Million Dollar Baby (2004), We Are Marshall (2006), The Hurt Locker (2008), Eagle Eye (2008), Notorious (2009), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Real Steel (2011), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), Pain & Gain (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), The Night Before (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Detroit (20170, Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: End Game (2019). I’ve always enjoyed Anthony Mackie’s films, he always just seems like he is having a genuinely good time with his job and is believable in each character he portrays. I have no complaints with his acting in Synchronic, I really enjoyed his acting in this one.

Jamie Dornan’s filmography consists of Anthropoid (2016). I am absolutely not familiar with Jamie Dornan’s work other than Anthropoid, but I don’t think he is a bad actor. I have no complaints about his acting in Synchronic and I thought he had great chemistry with Anthony Mackie.

While Synchronic isn’t a perfect film (no film is) it is highly interesting and intriguing that will leave you thinking until the very end. Its a bit of a mind melter, with a highly original plot that I think more people should check out and get invested in. And then seek out the other Moorhead&Benson films because those two guys deserve a lot more credit for their work.

Synchronic gets a 4/5 from me, please check it out on Netflix if you’re looking for something different and interesting.

Until Next Time!


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