A dinner party brings together eight thirty-something friends, during the passage of a comet. This comet causes cracked phone screens, a neighbourhood power cut and malevolent influences down the street. But there’s still hope, they think, as the group spot a house with the lights still on. When they go and check it out, they unknowingly cross the “dark zone”, a nightmarish place that shatters their entire existence.
You didn’t think a passing comet could cause that must damage, did you? Nope, me neither. Going into this film, be ready for a mind-twister, because Coherence does everything in the name of sci-fi, to be anything but coherent. The narrative is constantly perplexing, but that is what makes Coherence so engrossing. Featuring a story that’s rich with scientific ideas, you have to pay close attention to detail. By the way, please don’t watch any clips or read any reviews (even though you’re reading one now), because running into spoilers will completely kill this film for you.
Mixing night-time suspense, dinner chat and quantum physics, you get a highly entertaining, low budget sci fi, that unfolds in thrilling fashion. Gradually, the secret is revealed, intersected with major twists and surprises. All the more impressive is how the film manages to build strong characters while exploring intense science-fiction concepts.
I generally like sci-fi movies that lack visual excess, are well produced on a limited budget, and present mind-bending ideas. Coherence certainly fits the bill. Overall, it’s a well-realised, grounded and inventive piece. Made for attentive viewers, sci-fi lovers and true film fans, Coherence is a compelling mystery.
Here’s the trailer. It’s not that spoiler-heavy, but check it out at your own discretion.
Directed and written by: James Ward Byrkit
Stars: Emily Baldoni, Nicholas Brendan, Maury Sterling, Lorene Scafaria, Elizabeth Gracen, Hugo Armstrong
Run Time: 89 min
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