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Synchronic Blu-ray Review

“Synchronic” is an engaging sci-fi film.

“Synchronic” revolves around 2 New Orleans based paramedics/lifetime buds (Steve and Dennis). While on the job, the 2 are called to the scenes of bizarre deaths or people that are severely disoriented. It turns out these strange occurrences are linked to a synthetic drug (the titular Synchronic) which may or may not be a “time travel pill.” Matters become more complicated when the daughter of Dennis (Brianna) disappears (possibly due to Synchronic as well). Steve (who learns he is dying of brain cancer) decides to take it upon himself to risk everything and find Brianna by taking Synchronic, discovering the truth about the drug and maybe just maybe find Brianna.

“Have Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead ever seen “Sliders?” is the first thing that popped into my mind while watching “Synchronic.” That’s not a knock on the movie itself, but it does feel like an arty version of that sci-fi series mixed with “A Scanner Darkly.” In fact, it would be interesting to see the two filmmakers reboot “Sliders” but I digress. 

Moorehead and Benson (best known for indie horror and sci-fi fare like “Spring” and “The Endless”) have made their best and most accessible movie to date. While the film would have benefited from more of a developed bond between Steve and Dennis, it’s still an emotional story about friendship, sacrifice, and family. And, oh yea, time travel. Despite dealing with a low budget again (I really want to see what these 2 can do with a sizable budget), they create a very visual and mindbending time travel movie. I don’t want to give too much away about the time travel elements, but it’s a real visual feast that also explores Earth’s history. It’s nothing if not ambitious.

The two stars here (Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan) turn in solid performances. The 2 have always been reliable actors and they really sink their teeth into this trippy but ultimately heartfelt material.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? The transfer is a bit on the fuzzy side for my liking but it’s adequate. 

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 track fares better here with an impactful soundtrack.


Extras:
* Well Go USA trailers and a teaser and a trailer for “Synchronic.”
* A deleted scene and an alternate ending
* VFX Breakdown and a Previsualization of scenes
* A 15 minute making of featurette with interviews, film clips, discussions about the story and characters, etc.
* An insightful commentary by Justin Benson, Aaron Moorehead, and David Lawson Jr.

January 23, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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