Blu-ray Review: Synchronicity

SynchBluSTUDIO: Magnolia | DIRECTOR: Jacob Gentry | CAST: Chad McKnight, Brianne Davis, Michael Ironside, AJ Bowen, Scott Poythress
RELEASE DATE: 5/10/16 | PRICE: DVD $12.99, Blu-ray $17.99
BONUSES: director’s commentary, cast/crew interviews, music video
SPECS: R | 100 min. | Sci-fi thriller noir | 2.39:1 widescreen | DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 | English, Spanish and French subtitles

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie  | Audio  | Video  | Overall


Synchronicity
is a sci-fi noir thriller that’s as ambitious and inventive as it is problematic and derivative.

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Chad McKnight travels through time in Synchronicity

The synchronous action kicks off with physicist Jim Beale (Chad McKnight) fending off his corporate financier (genre favorite Michael Ironside of Scanners fame) from snatching his newly invented time machine. Taking a lead from his ground-breaking invention, Beale travels back in time to obtain physical proof that the machine belongs to him and him alone. But problems immediately arise when Beale meets a beautiful mystery woman (Brianne Davis) and parallel timelines begin to emerge from his temporal travels.

Taking a whole lot of its spirit, twisty temporality and visual schemes from such past sci-fi noirs as Dark City, Total Recall, Gattaca, Twelve Monkeys and, of course, Blade Runner, Synchronicity works best as a call for attention to writer/director Gentry, who previously co-helmed the 2012 horror triptych The Signal. Here, the rising filmmaker crafts an sophisticated, alluring story and a handsome, stylized production that was obviously crafted on a limited budget. Again, you’ve seen and heard a lot of Gentry’s compositions and ideas before, but he wrangles them all for maximum and effect, making Synchronicity an effective calling card for Gentry’s working on bigger projects in the future.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.