James Ward Byrkit wrote the screenplay for “Coherence” (2013), then filmed and directed it on a shoestring budget in his living room. And the result is pretty impressive — this a trippy, unusual, and unusually cerebral science fiction thriller. I’d rate it an 8 out of 10.
The movie portrays eight friends at a dinner party who find their sense of reality frighteningly altered after a comet flies overhead. I really can’t write much more than that without spoilers — even this movie’s central story device is best arrived at as a surprise for the viewer. I don’t even want to name which “science” serves as the basis for the “science fiction” here, as that would be a big hint as to what transpires.
It’s pretty good. The thriller elements here are creepy. And it’s a wonderfully intelligent “what-if?” story that other reviewers have compared to “The Twilight Zone” episodes. (I myself … mostly kept up with it — I was sometimes a little murky about the strategies adopted by the group to address their predicament.)
The closing minutes are damned good.
I’d recommend this to sci-fi fans looking for a unique, dialogue-driven brain-buster.
Hey, just for fun, consider this — the refreshingly intelligent “Coherence” employs the exact same MacGuffin as one of the stupidest, overrated cult “classics” of all time — 1984’s “Night of the Comet.”