Synchronicity (4/10)

Synchronicity

To save his future he must alter his past.

Overview

In this mind-bending 'Sci-Fi Noir' a daring physicist folds time to travel into the past, trying to stop a mysterious woman from stealing his invention. But once there, he uncovers a surprising truth about the machine, the woman, and his own fractured reality.

Metadata
Title Synchronicity
Director Jacob Gentry
Director of Photography Eric Maddison
Runtime 1 h 41 min
Certification 15
Release Date 22 July 2015
Tagline To save his future he must alter his past.
IMDb Id tt2049543
Trailer

What if someone would be able to harness the immense potential energy of Earth spinning in space and redirect that energy to open a wormhole… where would that wormhole lead? A different space, a different time, a different universe in the multiverse, or all of the above…?

Indeed, that sounds like geek material. But wait, it actually is a love story!

As often with attempted sci-fi mind-benders, the movie starts out ok as the viewer is trying to find out what is going on. The noir atmosphere is a nice start and the obvious nod to Blade Runner’s style of lighting outside-in and even to Vangelis’ soundtrack is pleasant enough early on. But an homage here and a geek concept there don’t make for a good movie just yet.

Unfortunately Syncronicity doesn’t succeed in finding its own sweet spot. As a love story it is not credible in any way – as there is no logic as to why either of the male or female leads might fall for each other, definitely not due to a natural ‘chemistry’ – there is none. And when it becomes clear that all the other geek concepts are there in support of this love story it really needed that love story to be a hell of a lot more credible. Or to make up for that weak love story, the science or pseudo-science needs to be a lot more interesting. Since it doesn’t manage to do either, there are too many ‘why’, then ‘yeah right’, and then ‘yeah whatever’ moments.

If you want to watch a time-travel-love-story done properly, watch About Time instead. And if you want to see a movie about worm holes and space-time bending across multiple dimensions done well, watch Interstellar.

In any case, probably best to skip Synchronicity unfortunately.

4/10.

Synchronicity (4/10)
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