Title: Syner

Also known as:
Visions (English title)

Year: 2009

Genre: Horror / Independent / Experimental

Language: Swedish

Runtime: 76 min

Director: Nikolaj Marquez Von Hage

Writer: Nikolaj Marquez Von Hage

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1479849/

Three different people without a connection to each other have to face horrible visions. Each vision brings up something personal to them, but leaves no time to figure things out.

Our thoughts:
After "Död Vid Ankomst" I was very open to a horror story by Branbomm Film. I originally thought they shared the director but a while into "Syner" I felt it was way too different from the other one for it to be possible, so I looked on the back cover and noticed the director of this one was Nikolaj Marquez Von Hage. Even though they are very different movies, "Syner" was a lot more appealing and surprised me by giving me a something fairly unique when I expected the most clichéed film.

The movie is basicly an anthology of three stories. The first one follows a girl in her apartment. There's an announcement on TV telling people to stay inside. And strange people are appearing outside of her apartment. I didn't know when I watched this that there would be three stories in total, so I was quite surprised by how fast it moved. It would've been interesting to see where it could've gone if it was 76 min long, but I am also glad it ended when it did.

The second story was actually about three people, but started with just one man. He finds a beaten and battered young girl outside of his house, but when he goes up to her she attacks him. As he escapes into the woods, he meets a woman who also seems to be haunted by something. When they are going to his house they notice a car that abruptly stops. It's another man who is just about to commit suicide, but instead he follows the other two, only to be met by his horrific visions about his daughter. This one was the most interesting one by far, especially in the way that they made it clear that the three people suffered from being haunted by different things.

The last one.. well, I don't know where to start with this one. I must say I didn't like this one at all, really. I'm sure there is a meaning but to me it just seemed pointless. One man spots another man on the street, and he thinks there's something weird about him so he decides to follow him. And that's what he does. He only follows him, and that's the story.

The films are very stylistic, even if I think that the crisp look ruined some really potentially beautiful scenery shots. The look gave it a creepier vibe, I agree on that, but they should've used it much more carefully because some shots really could've given the film an atmosphere that it at times missed. But it's overall a pretty well made anthology, and the acting is as good as it gets in a Swedish independent production. I can't see any reason not to check this out if you don't have anything better to do. I'm sure that future films by Nikolaj Marquez Von Hage will be a real treat to watch, so why not be there supporting him from the start?

Positive things:
- Good acting.
- Pretty unique Swedish film.
- Some rather creepy moments.

Negative things:
- Last segment.
- The look of the film sometimes ruined some shots that could've been beautiful.
- The stories don't really satisfy you in the end.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0.2/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 0/5

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