Critic Consensus: Synchronic sets off on an intriguingly idiosyncratic sci-fi journey that should satisfy fans of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson's earlier work.
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"Synchronic" is easy to applaud for being what Steve might describe as "brain damage orangutan fucking crazy," but Benson and Moorhead's ode to the present doesn't leave you with a newfound appreciation for the moment at hand.
A great buddy relationship is at the center of a film full of big ideas and psychedelic journeys.
While it offers some gripping and/or darkly beautiful images, it's ultimately more about ideas than spectacle.
It's rare that very brainy sci-fi packs a genuinely emotional, or even just sensationalistic, wallop. But the filmmaking team of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are working up an impressive batting average in this department.
This philosophical core, coupled with the cynical paramedic duo premise, akin to Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead," makes for a unique, sci-fi-tinged drama with supernatural elements rooted in real-world stakes and emotion.
[A]though the ending of Synchronic is a bit more Hollywood than I'm used to in a Benson and Moorhead film, the duo's signature narrative ingenuity and ability to spin tension seemingly out of thin air have translated fully intact.
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