To save his future, he must alter his past.
Writer/Director Jacob Gentry‘s SYNCHRONICITY (2015) a curious sci-fi noir, where Jim (Chad McKnight), a physicist who invents a time-machine, finds himself in varying degrees of disillusionment–he invented a machine that can fold space-time and through a series of unfortunate perplexities finds himself being neither here or there. Such is the theory where multiple versions of the same person cannot occupy the same timeline. The sheer vagueness of how our hero discovers this impracticality forces the plot to skip along at an unimpressive pace where much of the scenes are recycled efforts to explain what is happening in a scene before it is preoccupied with unrestrained backtracking–at least it is perceived this way at first.
For all its awkwardness, while expertly breaking down the in’s and out’s of time-travel physics, Synchronicity is a love story. All told, it is a physicist in search of a “cure” of sorts–searching for the exact break in the timeline, where he can physiologically remain with his beloved, Abby (Brianne Davis). Confusingly, Jim does not know this at the time. However, he is convinced that she is intent on stealing the secrets of his time machine only to hand them off to his corporate sponsor (Michael Ironside). Throughout this alternating romantic faux pas, there are instances where supporting characters’ Chuck (AJ Bowen) and Matty (Scott Piythress) try and fail to sustain Jim cognitively through formulaic mental cues and processes to reorient him to his current place in time. Evidently, there is more than one version of him running around–and never shall the two meet. Abby’s importance beyond first appearing as femme fatale becomes apparent much later in the film and is unfortunate.
Due to the awkwardness of its narrative, auras, and untoward plot mechanics, Synchronicity suffers from bombarding its singular theme, time travel, with one too many series of overly complicated plot twists, and inconsistent evolving scenarios. What’s more, set against a dimly lit motif renders it as a futuristic metropolis of present-day disconnect, and something you may have already seen in other sci-fi films involving time travel.
Perhaps, this is the film’s intent? However, it may have helped to shed a little light on the indecipherable, and the mostly wasted romantic aspect of its storyline.
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