Synchronic – USA, 2019 – reviews


Synchronic is a 2019 American science-fiction horror feature film in which two New Orleans paramedics’ lives are ripped apart after a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (The Endless; Spring) from a screenplay written by Benson, the movie stars Jamie Dornan, Anthony Mackie, Ally Ioannides, Bill Oberst Jr. and Betsy Holt.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …there are some very interesting ideas presented here, and the filmmakers’ imagination, both visually and in the script, is well worth noting. Its suggestion of the past as a nightmare and the present as an undervalued miracle also puts an interesting spin on contemporary conversations about historical injustice and the grip it holds on the present. It’s just that this particular idea needs more perspective and depth to fully develop.” Birth. Movies. Death.

Synchronic‘s use of this recreational drug as the time travel mechanism is rather brilliant – simple in concept but intriguing in execution. I just wanted them to push it further. Maybe it was a budgetary limitation, or maybe it was their plan to keep the film minimal. Right when it’s getting good, they pull back…” First Showing

“It’s a fine acting showcase for its two leads, even if you’d be forgiven for wishing the script weren’t quite so keen to walk audiences through so much of the experience. Synchronic doesn’t match the heights of Benson and Moorhead’s prior efforts, but it nevertheless offers a creative – if messy – riff on a tired sci-fi subgenre.” Flickering Myth

“Making underwhelming use of its not-bad “time travel pill” conceit, Benson’s sci-fi-tinged script is not at all ingeniously plotted, insists we care about tritely sketched characters and is never credible enough to transcend an air of escalating silliness.” Variety

Cast and characters:

  • Jamie Dornan
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Ally Ioannides … Brianna Dannelly
  • Bill Oberst Jr. … The Looter
  • Betsy Holt … Leah
  • Aaron Groben … Klansman #1 (voice)
  • Martin Bats Bradford … Bob
  • Natasha Tina Liu … Christina
  • Shane Brady Shane Brady … Travis
  • Matthew Underwood … Officer Beaumont
  • Divine Prince Ty Emmecca
  • Devyn A. Tyler … Danika
  • Lawrence Turner … Joe
  • Sam Malone … Doctor
  • Walker Babington … Conquistador

Filming locations:

Deep South Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana


The Endless – USA, 2017 – reviews

Spring – USA, 2014 – reviews

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