Toronto After Dark Report: Synchronicity

Who’s in it: Chad McKnight, Brianne Davis, AJ Bowen, Scott Poythress, Michael Ironside

Who’s behind it: Directed and co-written by Jacob Gentry (The Signal), story by Alex Orr

Who’ll love it: Sci-fi devotees who think Nikola Tesla was totally robbed by Thomas Edison.

What it’s about: Jim Beale is a physicist who has mortgaged everything he has in order to place one massive bet: that his space-and-time-folding wormhole generator might actually work. The only problem is that the price per use is around $5 million, which means that Beale and his team are at the mercy of an evil venture capitalist (oxymoron alert!) if they want to test their creation. The discovery that their machine actually works only leads to more trouble for Beale after he meets a mysterious woman with connections to his investor and foolishly reveals the details of his work to her. Can he use his invention to correct his mistakes or will they simply multiply?

Why you should see it: This sci-fi noir has more than a few nods to Blade Runner in it, including a Vangelis-inspired soundtrack, minimal lighting, and lingering shots of a retro-futuristic cityscape that seems to never see any sun. It also has time travel and all the associated perils involved (Synchronicity’s protagonist is clearly not a Doctor Who fan, else he’d know to avoid the dire circumstances created when you double yourself by showing up in your own timeline). But it’s the time travel-related mistakes that work to build the layers of Synchronicity’s storyline as a seemingly simplistic plot circles back to slowly peel them away, revealing what’s really going on. Also, Michael Ironside.

When you can see it: Friday, October 16 at 7pm at Scotiabank Theatre. Tickets available here.

Check out the trailer below: