Well Go USA has released the trailer and poster for the sci-fi thriller Synchronic, scheduled to open in theaters and drive-ins on October 23.
In Synchronic, New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) are called to a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents, they chalk it up to the mysterious new party drug found at the scene.
But after Dennis’s oldest daughter suddenly disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality – and the flow of time itself.
Synchronic had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2019. The movie was produced by Patriot Pictures, Rustic Films and XYZ Films.
In his review from last year’s Fantastic Fest, Vital Thrills writer Alan Cerny gave the film a 9 out of 10. “This is a fantastic science fiction film, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s best,” he said.
He added that “Synchronic is Benson and Moorhead’s most accessible film to date, and not just because of the star power and the increased scope. With a decent release, Synchronic has a great chance of capturing the hearts and imaginations of a wide audience.
“It’s funny, thrilling, engages the mind as well as the heart, and full of rich emotion and poignancy. It gives us characters and a relationship to cheer for, and we get career-best performances from Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan. They have a wonderful chemistry together and we are invested in the power of their friendship, which has always been Benson and Moorhead’s greatest strength as filmmakers.”
Alan said that “if it had been made in the late 1980s or early 1990s, it would be a film we would still be talking about today as an absolute staple of its genre. It’s smart enough so that it can explore its ideas and concepts without losing the audience, but just when the audience expects the film to go a certain way, Benson and Moorhead shake things up and take us to unexpected places.
“At times, the narrative can be a bit confusing, especially once Benson and Moorhead tweak the rules a bit, but we have Mackie’s performance as an anchor which makes everything feel true.”
Cerny added: “There is a real spirit to Synchronic that gives the film an emotional kick that many filmmakers might otherwise ignore in favor of the science. But there is an underpinning of deep strength and passion that is impossible to deny.
“When surrounded by death and tragedy, Steve refuses to despair, and pushes on, and that tenacity and courage in the face of everything that opposes him is inspirational and encouraging in the best ways.”