Review in Brief: Synchronic (2019/20)

Weird sci-fi wunderkinds Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead don’t quite drop the ball with their third feature but it’s certainly a less assured effort than something like THE ENDLESS. Still by no means lacking ideas or visual creativity, but more prone to bad exposition and disjointed storytelling, SYNCHRONIC is flawed but interesting. Surprising absolutely no-one, Benson and Moorhead’s fourth feature film again explores time and perception, with a New Orleans paramedic Steve (Anthony Mackie) experimenting with a designer drug that drops you into a random era of the past for seven minutes. Mackie is good and the budget is stretched hugely creatively, but the themes are lacking the promised deep dive and you keep waiting for an almighty final twist that never comes. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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