Coherence is an indie movie directed by James Ward Byrkit, and was released in 2013. With a budget of a mere $50,000, the director, cast, crew, and everyone involved in the creation of the movie managed to do something quite extraordinary.
Science fiction movies generally require extraordinarily high budgets, due to the large quantity of VFX and stunts in them. However, Coherence manages to completely abscond from this trend, as it manages to create an extremely compelling and intriguing narrative, combined with a highly suspenseful mood.
The film follows the story of eight friends, who plan a get-together dinner, in order to catch up with each other. Coincidentally, the comet known as Miller's Comet was to pass by Earth that same night.
However, the passing of this comet has some unexpected consequences and effects, as the group of friends experiences some strange events.
After a sudden power outage, this group of friends are left to wonder what will happen next - as one after the other, whatever decision they make, things begin to take the wrong turn.
They soon realise that there is something unusual going on, as the group members begin to suspect one another, due to slight changes in behaviour and mannerisms.
Despite its small scale, Coherence creates a highly complex narrative, with interesting psychological themes and ideas being explored. Furthermore, it incorporates science, metaphysics, and various thought experiments like the Schrödinger's Cat experiment in order to construct a suspenseful, science fictional thriller.
Coherence, although received critical success, has been unable to garner a large enough audience to appreciate its talent, hard work, and sheer brilliance. It currently has a rating of 7.2/10 on IMDb and a 88% critic approval on Rotten Tomatoes (average critic rating 7.4/10, with a 80% audience approval and average audience rating of 3.8/5).
Coherence will leave you confused and bewildered – so make sure you pay close attention to details in order to become fully engaged and absorbed by the movie, and you'll be in for a wild ride!
Personal Rating: 10/10, a must watch!
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