Can we start off this review by saying that Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are both incredibly talented filmmakers? When you watch their films, you can tell they’re huge fans of genre cinema, especially if you’ve seen their previous work such as Resolution, Spring, and The Endless. They’re always willing to try something new, which is definitely worth praising them for. Their latest title Synchronic is yet again another brilliant feature that wonderfully showcases their skills as gifted directors. It stars Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan in the lead roles, and it’s a truly unique cinematic experience that moviegoers will be deeply immersed in.
With an interesting concept that I promise not to spoil, the basic gist is that Synchronic revolves around two paramedics named Steve (Mackie) and Dennis (Dornan) who uncover a series of deaths that have something to do with a new drug with otherworldly effects. There’s more going on in the story, but I don’t want to reveal too much in order for you to fully enjoy the film. The two lead actors are amazing, and they have great chemistry with one another. The script, written by Benson, makes sure to flesh out our main protagonists and give them lots of development. Once again, Moorhead shines as the cinematographer. It’s marvelously shot with its stunning camera movements that keep you invested in the imagery. If there’s one word to describe Synchronic, it’s certainly mind-bending.
Well, let’s get this out of the way. The movie is remarkably engaging from start to finish. When you hear the premise for the first time, you’re immediately interested. You’re curious to see what happens next, because the screenplay adds a lot of depth to the plot. It keeps you on the edge of your seats with suspense. It has a very compelling mix of sci-fi and horror elements, and they fit each other quite beautifully. At times, it does rely on exposition to further advance the story, but it’s not always convoluted so you’re able to let that go. One thing to keep in mind is that it’s indeed long with its runtime. The filmmakers take their time in order to keep the tension going throughout, which makes you want to commend the film for its unique methodical pacing. When it’s over, you start asking yourself some questions, and there’s replay value in terms of revisiting the narrative and themes.
Synchronic is additional proof that Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are highly imaginative and skillful filmmakers that deserve your attention. One thing we can all agree on is that they should keep making more genre flicks. I would absolutely love that. There’s something very riveting about their particular style of cinema, and you can’t help but be excited whenever they make a new feature. It’s a mesmerizing, thrilling and psychedelic cinematic journey that will be sure to amaze you from beginning to end.