Judge David Johnson and Syngenor go together like oil and water.
Our review of Syngenor, published January 7th, 2004, is also available.
Product of science. Nightmare from Hell!
Hey, you know what would hit the spot right about now? A low-budget, 18 year-old movie about a man in a rubber suit punching smarmy corporate executives in the face. And look, here comes Syngenor! Happy day!
Facts of the Case
SYNthesized GENetic ORganism = SYNGENOR! Despite his unwieldy name, the fearsome creature Syngenor is…well, clunky and unwieldy, but at least someone had the good sense to spring for a bigass rubber suit to stuff some poor stagehand into.
Syngenor was created as the ultimate super-soldier to wage war in the Middle East on America's behalf. These creatures are gigantic, slightly-reptilian, butt-ugly creations with super strength, pointy teeth, and can reproduce asexually. Their weakness: Vases with flowers in them!
Investigating this threat to all of mankind-that-don't-live-in-a-country-filled-with-flowering-plants is our dynamic duo: a hapless reporter and the spunky daughter of a slain executive Who Got Too Close.
Syngenor has its moments, particularly towards the end when all Hell breaks loose, as the creatures square off against a battalion of dorks in hardhats and plastic cod-pieces. But overall there's not a whole lot to recommend to anyone other than the committed B-movie nut. Then again, that's probably the exact demographic Synapse is marketing this disc to.
Anyway, since I'm feeling pretty good from a tasty bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats and blueberries, we're going to start with the high points.
The Creature Effects
The Gore Effects
Now the low points.
The Ridiculous Acting
The Painful, Prior-to-the-Slime-Drenched-Finale Pacing
Overall, Syngenor: Special Edition is worth tracking down for fans of the killer rubber monster genre. There's enough corny fun to be had and director George Elanjian Jr. doesn't skimp on the fluids.
A nice treatment from Synapse: A clean, if muted 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and a front-loaded 5.1 Dolby Surround audio mix, three low-impact behind-the-scenes featurettes (three?!), a photo gallery, filmographies, and an audio commentary by actress Starr Andreeff, writer Brent V. Friedman, and producer Jack F. Murphy.
Decent little creature feature with some fun moments. But that's about all Syngenor is.
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