Daring physicist Jim Beale has invented a machine that can fold space-time and ruthless corporate tycoon Klaus Meisner will stop at nothing to get it. When Jim uses the machine to tear open the fabric of the universe, a rare Dahlia appears from the future. But in order to keep the rights to his invention he must prove it works by finding the flower's identical match in the present. Jim soon discovers that the Dahlia lies in the hands of the mysterious Abby. Convinced that she is in league with Klaus, Jim travels back in time to stop the conspiracy before it can happen. But once in the past, Jim uncovers a surprising truth about Abby, the machine and his own uncertain future.
Boring lo-budget sci-fi
- Synchronicity review by Alphaville
Lo-budget sci-fi tends to disintegrate into screeds of exposition and that’s what happens here. Time travel should throw up some interesting ideas and paradoxes but none are explored. When a second version of our protagonist comes through a wormhole into this universe, all the film does is have them avoid each other. Presumably it was cheaper to film without the special effects this would entail.
Repeating scenes from a different viewpoint is an interesting idea that can add layers of meaning (see 1989’s Millennium, for example). Here the conceit merely bores. There’s also a subplot romance with a mysterious and poorly written female character that strains credulity and patience.
Most of the inaction takes place in a claustrophobic lab, where our hero and his buddies constantly fiddle with the machinery. The wormhole turns out to be a bright light. Who’d have thought? The nonsensical plot grinds to a standstill and isn’t worth the effort of trying to understand. Don’t expect any excitement, either visually or intellectually. This is a dialogue-heavy film that would have looked laboured even in the original Star Trek series.