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Review: Synchronicity

I couldn't find a thread on this one, so I'm starting one since it deserves it....

This one is a very twisty, very intelligent, very carefully crafted time travel paradox movie. It doesn't try to help you understand the paradoxes, and you never really know what the characters know at any given point, but you find out more as it progresses and suddenly you get all of the subtle clues and seemingly strange actions and reactions of the characters earlier in the movie. It's really nicely done. The science part is a bit shakey, but it's really about the paradox issues, it's not trying to be a hard science fiction type flick. I really enjoyed it, though I was a bit confused at the start until I realized how it was structured.

Visually it's very interesting. It has some almost 2001 abstract type sequences (or maybe Tree of Life), and it has a bit of a look like Gattaca but a very High Modernist variation on it. It's very striking much of the time, with the angles and the amazing sets and interesting lighting. I don't where all of those locations were found. Clearly this was too low budget a movie to build them, so they had to be practical locations. But they found some really interesting places and made really good visual use of them.

Anyway, definitely worth a watch if you are into such things.

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Those time travel engineers are always in trouble.

Redbox has the DVD (not the Blu-ray at mine).

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How would you rate this compared to "Predestination" (2013)?

Packing a lot of sound into a small room.
268 square feet/2144 cubic feet
7.2 surround sound.
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Those time travel engineers are always in trouble.

Redbox has the DVD (not the Blu-ray at mine).

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It appears that Netflix has this for streaming.
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How would you rate this compared to "Predestination" (2013)?
...which had that great performance by Sarah Snook.

This one reminded more of "Primer", but they all belong on the same shelf.

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Yeh, I thought more of Primer, but moved from the strip mall suburbs into a modernist architecture world. I think it's better than Primer in some ways, particularly in how you are slowly exposed to more information and suddenly understand what happened previously which you didn't really get. So you are constantly doing your own flashbacks and thinking, OK, that wasn't just weird acting before, she was acting like that because she knew this but he didn't, or vice versa. Primer also had some of that, but this one much more so and it's really well done.

It has some of the feel of the movie Vantage Point in that sense, which is also VERY good if you haven't seen it. In that movie, you see the same event over and over from different people's point of view, and you figure out more and more of what's going on as it happens.

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Watched this on Netflix. I'm amazed at how much of the visuals and sounds were stolen right from Blade Runner. Steal from the best, I guess.
The movie as a whole gets a "C+" from me.
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