No, this is isn’t a review of the classic 1983 album by The Police. Instead, this is a dark sci-fi thriller that examines how something as complex as time travel could affect a single relationship. Writer/director Jacob Gentry has some intriguing ideas at play here, particularly with the film’s unique style and pacing. But anything positive about the film is dragged down by a heap of amateur mistakes, including wooden acting and awful dialogue. And while some of these problems could have been overlooked in an indie sci-fi such as this one, the lack of any truly engaging content forces the film to drift aimlessly, never pulling the viewer into this underdeveloped future world. Maybe some of the most hardcore sci-fi enthusiasts will find something to enjoy here, but for most, this is a relatively dull experience.

In a dystopian future, a group of three scientists are working on a device that could enable the use of time travel through the creation of a wormhole. One of the scientists, Jim Beale (Chad McKnight), reaches out to a wealthy businessman (Michael Ironside), hoping that he’ll invest in their research to finish the machine. After successfully testing out their device, Beale runs into a woman named Abby (Brianne Davis), an alluring woman who seems to fall for him. But strange events being to occur and Beale starts to doubt his relationship with Abby. Realizing that his invention may be compromised from several different sources, Beale takes drastic action and sends himself back in time. His trip reveals new information and shows the previous few days from a completely different perspective.

Clearly taking a page out of the infinitely better time travel film Primer, Gentry tries to craft a unique film with some interesting concepts, but they never seem to form into a cohesive whole. With its Blade Runner-esque sets and cityscapes, the film is stylistically interesting but visually ugly, no doubt a result of its low budget. And anything in the film that could have thematically resonated is pretty much rendered inert by actors who feel like they’re awkwardly reading off the first draft of the script. It is interesting to watch how Beale’s trip into the past affected the events that we witnessed in the first half of the film, but similar films have executed the same tactic and usually with better results. Synchronicity is certainly no disaster, but it also won’t be wrapped around your finger with every breath you take during its runtime… I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist.

Synchronicity receives 2/4

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