Friday, October 16, 2015

Sean Kelly

TADFF15: Synchronicity

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of Fantasia Fest 2015

A physicist has created a machine capable of time travel in the science fiction mind bender Synchronicity. Jim Beale (Chad McKnight) and his team of Chuck (AJ Bowen) and Matty (Scott Poythress) are preparing to perform a wormhole experiment funded by Klaus Meisner (Michael Ironside). Worried that he is being manipulated by a mysterious woman named Abby (Brianne Davis) to give ownership of the experiment to Klaus, Jim jumps into the wormhole himself. Reliving events from the previous week, Jim attempts to fix the past to control the future.

Jacob Gentry (The Signal) directs a time travel themed science fiction film that is sure to boggle a few minds.  Featuring some very heavy concepts involving wormholes and time travel, Synchronicity is not a film to casually experience. Events in the story are experienced from multiple perspectives as Jim tries to manipulate the events to come to the most desirable conclusion, which includes a romantic relationship with Abby. However, it quickly turns out that one can't easily change one's fate.

Synchronicity is built around a relatively small cast of five or so central characters. Chad McKnight has the biggest challenge of playing two versions of Jim, after he travels back in time, and has to have different interactions with the characters played by AJ Bowen, Scott Poythress, and Brianne Davis. Michael Ironside has a relatively small role as the main investor of the project, though he is memorable in the few scenes he is in. Altogether, Synchronicity is a quite well done time travel film that is sure to leave folks confused in a good way.

8 / 10 stars
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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).