Synchronic Ending Explained: What Happens To Steve?

Synchronic (2018) follows two best friends Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan). The two of them are paramedics who also work together. While Dennis married at a young age, Steve is a bachelor, and having a relationship is a stranger to him. Dennis has two children 18 years apart. Steve and Dennis have recently responded to many 911 calls involving the same thing. This is a new designer drug on the market, which is called “Synchronic”. Meanwhile, Steve faces a dire diagnosis. Doctors diagnosed him with a brain tumor in his pineal gland. Doctors also mention that Steve’s pineal gland looks more like a teenager than an adult. This fact will later become a plot point in the film. Steve and Dennis receive another 911 call involving the drug. This time, the Synchronization drug package was found with a group of teenagers.

It turns out that one of the teenagers is Dennis’s 18-year-old daughter, Brianna, and she has disappeared. Angry Steve goes to a local shop and buys their entire stock of Synchronic. At the shop, a man tries and begs Steve to but it’s from him, but Steve refuses. Then the man followed Steve to his house and told him that he created the drug. She tells Steve that she makes it into a drug like DMT, using flowers that grow in the California desert. She then tells him that the drug allows users to experience time as it is. This allows the user to time travel as it acts as a needle to record time. However, teenagers can get stuck permanently in the passage of time because of their underdeveloped pineal gland.

Synchronic endings Explained

Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan). Synchronic (2018).

Synchronic Ending Explained

What Happened in the End?

The end of Synchronic saw Steve only have two pills left to find Brianna. However, he doesn’t know Brianna’s exact location so he turns to Dennis. He shows Dennis the tape he’s made and then the two work together to find it. Soon, they learned that Brianna had left them a message from the past, an engraving on a rock by the river. The engraving reads “Allways,” and that’s, as Dennis reveals, the last thing Dennis said to Brianna before she disappeared. Brianna is also seen sitting on the same rock at the beginning of the film. Steve then went to the rock and took the pills. The pills took him back in time, to a war zone – this is Civil War. There was gunfire, cannons and explosions everywhere. But Steve soon finds Brianna in a ditch filled with corpses.

Brianna is confused by how Steve looks and how he found him. Apparently Brianna didn’t know anything about Aby’s message. Steve then gives Brianna the last remaining pill to return to the present. At the last minute, a Confederate soldier confronts Steve and Brianna. By the time he could get out of the situation, it was too late. You have to touch someone when you pop a pill, to be able to carry it over time. However, Steve missed the time to return and is now stuck in the past. But we saw him for a moment, as flicker, to say goodbye to Dennis and shake hands with him. Is he really gone for good? Can he return to the present? What is the final meaning of Synchronic? Read on to find out!

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Steve saves Brianna.

Will Steve Return? Is She Stuck in the Past Forever?

In the end, Steve gave Brianna pills but failed in time. Brianna goes back in time but Steve is stuck in the past. However, as we see at the beginning of the film, Steve’s dog, Hawking, blinks before disappearing, Steve does the same. She manages to shake hands with Dennis who thanks her for saving Brianna before the film ends with Steve’s twinkling. It’s a fairly open ending to the film, similar to films like Inception. It is up to the viewer to interpret and draw their own conclusions. I think there’s a good chance that Steve will actually return to the present. Remember how at the start of the movie, every time someone tries to touch Steve, they just go through it gradually. But in the end, Steve did shake Dennis’s hand. The rigidity most likely indicates that he is not time travel.

But what do you think about the end of Synchronic? Let us know in the comments!

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