|Genre:||Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller||Country:||USA|
|IMDB Rating:||5.4/10||Released Date:||22 Jan 2016|
|Runtime:||101 min||Director:||Jacob Gentry|
Fantasy fans who prize tricksome plotting above spectacle may take a shine to “Synchronicity,” a time-travel tale much more in line with of such modestly scaled recent indies as “Predestination,” “Time Lapse” and the Spanish “Timecrimes” than action-oriented studio pics like “Looper” or “Edge of Tomorrow.” Polished and clever, though not quite so engrossing or memorable as one might have hoped, writer-director Jacob Gentry’s first feature since 2007’s exquisite-corpse triptych “The Signal” should appeal to a smaller segment of the same demo that made “Ex Machina” a sleeper hit this year. As it happens, “Synchronicity” also suffers from the same Earth-bound failure of imagination as “Ex-Machina”: an essentially dull, familiar view of gender dynamics that provides the primary emotional focus in an otherwise intriguingly offbeat near-future context. In that film, it was the naif-nerd hero’s relationship to a deceptively innocent-looking A.I. agent of destruction. Here, the slightly older naif-nerd hero gets a stock two-faced femme fatale to steal his ideas and lead him nose-first through the increasingly dense narrative hoops. In both cases, a smart script is somewhat let down by the banality of a brainy, not-unattractive male protagonist who nonetheless seems to abandon all reason the first time a pretty girl (or even a pretty robot) bats eyes at him.