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

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

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Did You Know?


At 01:20:00, Steve and Dennis are strolling through New Orleans' Garden District and decide to sit on a curb and talk. The house they sit in front of (the Brevard-Clapp House at 1239 First Street) was formerly owned by horror novelist Anne Rice. See more »


45th minute: Paramedics would not enter a property which is obviously a drug den and with numerous persons under the influence. They would await police to stage the area, clearing all threats and risks before EMS commence their job. See more »


Steve: But then I found out I was dyin'. My brain... Has a tumor. And all those things just seem trivial. That there's meanin' in the things I do have, and I want to spend the time I have preservin' 'em. I've been in treatment and I found out it's workin', but... When you're starin' down at the end, you realize there are things that are far worse than death. And none of those things are what you were upset about.
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A decent Sci-Fi-Thriller that COULD have been great.
12 February 2021 | by jayenglish-83539See all my reviews

This is a decent movie. And that's unfortunate because the concept here is really cool and I think with better writing and less bland and uninspired directing/cinematography, this could have turned out to be a modern sci-fi/thriller classic.

The acting from the two leads, Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan is definitely solid, especially Mackie. However unlike Mackie's character, I didn't find Dornan's to be particularly interesting nor compelling, which is disappointing considering that his character has an important connection to the heart of the story.

The visual effects are pretty great but they could have really popped more if supported by directing and cinematography that didn't look and feel as bland as it was at times.

Synchronic also has some serious issues with pacing scattered throughout the runtime which was very hard not to notice, and at times the consistency of tone just wasn't quite there. At times it's a very dark and bleak watch, then there will be scenes that are quite funny but it just didn't work as well as it sounds like it would due to the vast contrasts.

To sum it up, it's a decent movie that is quite enjoyable and gripping enough to make you care somewhat. It's just a shame that it's not what it could have been.

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Release Date:

23 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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$245,561, 25 October 2020

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