Synchronicity full movie review - Interesting and provocative
A group of 3 scientists is working on creating a traversible wormhole in their lab via a machine they built. The have a corporate benefactor who finances them and provides them with the rare and expensive radioactive material they need.
Jim is the leader, Chuck the level-headed guy, and Matty is supposed to be brilliant but can't tell right from left, and yet he is in charge with inserting the material and then having to turn it right and left.
During the first phase--opening one side of a wormhole--of the experiment things work out well. Even more so, something extraordinary happens, a dahlia flower appears and on the camera, Jim can see something moving, something that looks like the shape of a man. When he goes outside for a break, he runs into a pretty girl. Things immediately click between them.
Now the group needs more material for the second phase of the experiment which will involve opening up the second end of the wormhole. They have concluded that they themselves in the future sent the dahlia which now appeared. Jim meets with his benefactor who is reluctant to help, because, where's the money to be made here? To the meeting Jim took Abby, the girl he met. She suggests that Jim is a modern day Tesla. The executive agrees but for half of the ownership of the machine. They settle for 49%. In the meantime, Jim and Abby become lovers even though he knows she has something with the executive as well. He finds a bunch of dahlias at her place. Now the problem becomes clear.
Jim gets a threatening call from the executive. Sure enough, because his corporation owns the rights to the dahlia used in the experiment he now owns 99% of the machine, or something like that. The day of the second phase experiment, Jim suddenly decides to enter the machine himself in order to return to the past and warn his other self to stay away from Abby and this guy. It works. He exits the machine in the past, as the shadow Jim saw on the screen. He goes outside and runs into Abby right before the other Jim meets her for the first time. So now we have these two Jims out there. The Jim of the past going through what we already saw. And the present Jim trying to keep the past-Jim from screwing up. Past-Jim suffers from brutal headaches while present-Jim's body starts decaying. All the while both Jims are in love with Abby who has some strange agenda herself. She keeps a notebook of scientific bits and of Jim's adventures.
I've never been much of a fan of sci-fi, but as of late all the other genres are boring me in their predictability. Movies like Ex Machina, The Anomaly, The Signal, Uncanny, and now Synchronicity on the other hand had be guessing where things were going to go. And they are not as formulaic. A big plus is the bits of science and the provocative ideas. Most of other movies offer zero ideas, just go through the motions. What I enjoyed the most about Synchronicity was the science and this paradoxical scenario of two versions of the self co-existing at the same time. The love story is the weakest aspect. Would a scientist on the verge of the biggest breakthrough in history suddenly have the time and lack of concentration to suddenly fall in love? I doubt it. The overbearing 80s digital music was also completely unnecessary and annoying. Brianne Davis on the other hand is absolutely lovely, you can almost understand Jim falling for her. The rest of the small cast does also well. If you set aside some minor weaknesses, there's a lot to like in Synchronicity.