Sometimes I like to plan the movies I want to watch. I’ll research them, download them, build up the anticipation and then watch them after a while. Other movies are just a spur of the moment thing, where I’ll go in with minimal knowledge and just hope for the best. “Coherence” fits into the latter category, and thankfully I ended up getting a good experience and a movie worth writing about. I figured I’d try to share some of my thoughts about it with you, even if they aren’t the most coherent (heh!) ones.
The basic plot is straightforward enough: eight friends are at a dinner party in the night when a comet is passing over the United States. The straightforwardness stops here though, as strange things start to happen all around. First, the phones stop working, then the internet and soon enough chaos takes over. I highly recommend going into this movie knowing as little as possible since one of its biggest merits is the attention to detail it requires from the viewer. “Coherence” has a lot of those “blink it and you’ll miss it” moments, and in my opinion that’s one of the things that makes it a strong and compelling movie. From the beginning, the audience gets the feeling that something isn’t quite right even before the characters do, which in turn allows us to get invested in the story much sooner.
Another thing that I particularly enjoyed about this movie is the fact that most of the acting was improvised. The actors were given major plot points and directions, but the actual dialogue was mostly improvisational. This worked pretty well in favor of the movie, giving it a bigger sense of realism. Each of these people have secrets and three-dimensional personalities, and when thrown in logic-defying circumstances all of this comes bubbling up to the surface and we get to see how they deal with it.
“Coherence” is an extremely low-budget movie, and clocking in at 90 minutes long, it’s extremely effective in its thriller/sci-fi endeavor. The science talk seems well-placed and not overdone, there are some fun scares along the way, the editing works to make you even more intrigued and the events entwine in a way that leaves you wondering about what you just watched for hours after the movie is done. The script would’ve benefited from having one of the characters be a stronger focal point so the audience could get a firmer grip on the events, but overall this was a solid and entertaining movie that I definitely recommend. Have you ever seen “Coherence”? What did you think of it?
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