Two New Orleans paramedics' lives are ripped apart after they encounter a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.


Justin Benson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Mackie ... Steve
Jamie Dornan ... Dennis
Katie Aselton ... Tara
Ally Ioannides ... Brianna
Ramiz Monsef ... Dr. Kermani
Bill Oberst Jr. ... Hunchback Looter
Betsy Holt ... Leah
Shane Brady ... Travis
Kate Adair ... Crackhead Girl
Matthew Underwood Matthew Underwood ... Officer Beaumont
Carl Palmer ... Officer Jacobs
Martin Bats Bradford ... Animal Bob (as Martin Bradford)
Sam Malone ... Doctor
Rhonda Johnson Dents ... Nurse Hall (as Rhonda Dents)
Sophie Howell ... Stoner Clerk


Two New Orleans paramedics' lives are ripped apart after they encounter a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content and language throughout, and for some violent/bloody images | See all certifications »

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Takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana where Anthony Mackie was born. See more »


In the 29th minute Steve is wearing his paramedic badge, Dennis is not. In the next shot Dennis is wearing his badge on his jacket. See more »


Steve: This is delicious. This dirty shitty river, this beer, this time. Wouldn't change it. The clock just... keeps tickin' down, and the lower that number gets, you realize how fucking amazing now is. The present is a miracle, bruh.
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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »


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User Reviews

7.5 for this "Buddy-Thriller-Scifi-Horror-Dramady" Movie!
7 October 2019 | by FilmFlowCriticsSee all my reviews

There are certain topics, that a lot of film makers avoid, because either its physically to complicated to set up rules and explain them, or they fear the possible backlash. This is why it's even more refreshing to see this approach back in cinema again.

While the movie doesn't reinvent the wheel, it is an absolute joy to watch and you are not being held back from enjoying the plot by wondering about the specific mechanics about "how does this actually work?" (Without going into spoilers to much, just see it for yourself!)

Jamie Dornan and Anthony Mackie have an authentic and gripping buddy relationship and both of them should be happy to have signed up for this script. I even struggle to put this movie into a genre, because there is no "Buddy-Thriller-Scifi-Horror-Dramady" category. This movie is weird in the most positive sense of the word and should be enjoyed without reading any spoilers ahead, hence this style of review.

The budget for this movie wasn't massive, but due to a fantastic piece of cinematography work, it looks much more expensive and just beautifully well done! Yes, money is important in this industry, but here we have a stunning example what can be done with dedication and creativity!

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Release Date:

23 October 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Synchronic See more »


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$245,561, 25 October 2020

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