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189 of 199 people found the following review helpful.
By Graham Swearingen
I decided to watch this because I've been a Nicholas Brendon fan since his days as Xander on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Writer and Director James Ward Byrkit weaves the most insanely complex and crazy story structure I've had the pleasure of watching since Irreversible, Mulholland Dr. and Memento. Eight "friends" get together to catch up over dinner, meanwhile Miller's comet is passing close to Earth. This film is Science Fiction, and by saying that I'm already giving away a lot. Though the title of the film also gives that fact away, as does a conversation the cast of characters has early on about the thought experiment Schrodinger's Cat. This film will require multiple viewings for most everyone who wants to unravel all the insane details.
I loved all the overlapping dialogue, which is intentional as most of the film was improvised. The actors had no idea what to expect, much in the vein of The Blair Witch Project. The film is shot well, in natural low light. Though I'm sure people will complain about the shaky camera, I didn't find it distracting at all. It's not nearly as shaky as the camera work in Cloverfield (which didn't bother me). People also may complain about the editing. For much of the first act each scene ends by cutting to black, which I found to be an effective tool after viewing the whole film. For a film that primarily takes place in the dining and living room of a house, I never felt it to be claustrophobic or stagnant. The story is great, the actors sell it, the premise had me viewing most of the third act with my mouth open. It's been a long time since I've been so pleasantly surprised by a film. I'm sure this film will end up becoming a cult classic, which is the best compliment I think a film can get. I look forward to seeing what James Ward Byrkit makes next. Coherence comes FULLY APPROVED.
92 of 100 people found the following review helpful.
Definitely check this one out if you liked Memento, Primer, etc.
By Amazon Customer
It's always refreshing to see a filmmaker with a low budget and an intriguing concept make a smart and tightly-paced film more compelling than most of today's bloated $100 million movies.
The story starts out fairly low-key at a dinner party which occurs on the same night a comet is passing near Earth. There is already some tension among the guests due to past relationships and their different personalities, but then the evening quickly spirals into a mysterious and dizzying puzzle with huge implications for the characters involved. Great for people who like films that challenge the audience.
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I really liked this
By Kathy S
This is one great movie! If you can tolerate the first forty five minutes, this movie is well worth the watch.
The first forty five minutes is kind of like watching "The View". Everyone is hyper excitable, super dramatic, freaking out and jumping around at the slightest provocation. Then the weird stuff starts happening - and for some strange reason - the characters stop acting like pampered sissies that shriek at the sound of a doorbell. This movie is really captivating once the story gets rolling. Oddly enough the characters come across as self centered, yuppie snobs that only care about themselves, the movie gets good when they decide they want to remain at the top of the heap of self centered, yuppie snobs. Now usually I'm not one to cheer for the self centered, yuppie snobs, but in this one, I really wanted them to successfully survive in their original domain, no matter the cost. It's a bit of a mind bender with alternate realities, parallel dimensions, a million different life experiences "and I slept with your wife in each one of them!" (Classic line in this film!)
I liked it, I liked it a lot. Get through the first forty or so minutes, there's a few things that the viewer needs to know for later during the yuppie preparation of dinner and dinner itself, then sit back and enjoy the action of yuppies trying to save themselves from becoming themselves. Good film, good actors, good story, great mystery.