Blu-ray Review: SYNCHRONICITY

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SYNCHRONICITY was written and directed by Jacob Gentry and stars Chad Mcknight, AJ Bowen, Brianne Davis, Scott Poythress, and Michael Ironside.

Possible spoilers ahead. This time traveling sci-fi thriller follows Jim Beale (Chad McKnight), a daring physicist who has invented a machine that can fold space and time. Jim relies on the financial support from ruthless corporate tycoon Klaus Meisner (Michael Ironside) who decides he wants the machine all for himself. Jim decides to use the machine to tear open the fabric of the universe and a rare Dahlia appears from the future and in order for him to keep the rights to his invention he has to prove that it works by finding the flower’s identical match in the present.  This is where Abby Rose (Brianne Davis) comes into play and she’s as mysterious as she is beautiful and Jim instantly falls for her. This is also where things get even more complicated for Jim. Abby and Jim hit it off and things get hot for the two but Jim is also aware that Abby is in league with Klaus so his paranoia sets in and makes him do some hasty decision making. Sure Klaus wants Jim’s work but it’s his feelings for Abby and bad decisions that are what ends up playing against him the most. Jim decides to travel back in time to stop this conspiracy before it can ever happen. But once he travels to the past, Jim uncovers a surprising truth about Abby, the machine, and his own uncertain future.

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Okay, Synchronicity is one of those indie films that you go into not knowing a whole lot about it and you come out smiling and completely satisfied. The story is extremely smart and thought-provoking and it’s full of suspense and twists. It also grabs you in the very beginning and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the finale. Any sci-fi geek knows that two beings with the same consciousness can’t exist in the same universe and that’s exactly what we get in Synchronicity. Don’t forget about alternate timelines because you can’t have a time-traveling movie like this without that being brought up.

Now to the small cast that carries the movie and all of them do an amazing job with these interesting characters of theirs. The focus stays mainly on Chad McKnight’s character Jim and Brianne Davis’ character Abby who gives the movie most of its suspense and plenty of sex appeal. Yeah, she’s really pretty! Maybe too much chain smoking though. Maybe? Anyway, on top of the amazing story and interesting characters is the 80’s sci-fi noir vibe that the movie sets off and the cool Gotham background. The techno music also stands out and it’s full of keyboards and synthesizers which also takes the viewer on a trip back to the 80’s. The movie relies heavily on its story and is definitely character driven so don’t expect a special effects show because it’s not that kind of sci-fi movie.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues at all with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Synchronicity is easily one of the best sci-fi thrillers I’ve watched in a long time and it’s an indie film which makes it even more impressive. From the sci-fi noir vibe to the mind-bending plot twists, it’s all very well done. This is another indie film that Hollyweird could take a few lessons from because it’s just as good or better than any sci-fi thriller the big studios have had to offer. This is proof that you don’t need a big blockbuster budget, tons of special effects and explosions to make a good movie because Jacob Gentry has delivered a gem of a sci-fi film! Synchronicity blasts onto Blu-ray on May 10th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Magnet Releasing

Run Time: 100 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! This Blu-ray includes some feature length commentary, interviews, a music video and the theatrical trailer.

  • Commentary With Writer/Director Jacob Gentry
  • Interview With Actor Chad McKnight (06:21)
  • Interview With Actress Brianne Davis (02:50)
  • Interview With Writer/Director Jacob Gentry (04:36)
  • SYNCHRONICITY Music Video – “Time Travel” (02:57)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:55)
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