Made on a shoestring budget, Coherence is a mind bending sci-fi that could be best described as Come Dine With Me and My Doppelgänger. Set over the course of one evening, the majority of the action takes place in one house, as a group of friends gather for a dinner party. As millers comet passes over earth, for the first time in over one-hundred years, strange things begin to happen. Mobile phones crack unexpectedly, the power goes out, and remarkably familiar figures lurk in the shadows.
Written and directed by James Ward Byrkit, Coherence has hints of The Thing and Invasion of The Body Snatchers , but is actually something much more cerebral. Alternate realities and vortex’s take precedent over creatures from another planet, but the sense of paranoia remains, as the characters true identities come into question. Rather than a comment on the political paranoia of invasion by the Reds, the drama acts as a metaphor for something much more personal; the dark side of our personalities, that we can keep from even the people closest to us.
As the story progresses, there are moments where it actually becomes incoherent. The twists, the turns and the science will undoubtedly give you a headache and you’ll constantly be trying to work out what is going on; but in a good way. Whilst it’s frustratingly difficult to pin-down, there’s a lot of potential in future viewings. Coherence has some sleek photography and an intelligent script that deals with big ideas, but more than anything is a great example of what can be achieved with a bunch of actors, a micro-budget and a decent script. It’s hardly life changing, but is a nice little piece of sci-fi that may just surprise you.
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