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A case study in less-is-more filmmaking, Coherence serves as a compelling low-budget calling card for debuting writer-director James Ward Byrkit.
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One of its strengths is the attention it pays to character. Scrape away the sci-fi trappings and this emerges as a caustic, closely observed drama about some narcissistic California types with obvious tensions in their lives.
Geoffrey Macnab. An entertaining, if talky, slice of indie sci-fi that involves one freaky comet and eight good-looking Californians.
Charlotte O'Sullivan. Clever and compelling, though never quite breaking through the sense of artifice. David Jenkins. It's best not to know too much more going in, but suffice it to say Byrkit's parable about choices and how they make us who we are has an eerie potency.
Leslie Felperin. The larger questions Coherence asks us to consider about parallel worlds are interesting, if not exactly original, while absurdist touches help elevate it from more traditional thrillers.
Linda Barnard. At once a suspenseful mind game and a wily mash-up of surreal quantum physics theories, this low-cost thriller proves that something approaching brilliance is not just a function of budget.
Cary Darling. Coherence was a highlight. A deceptively simple film made with minimal cast, crew, and budget, it boasts more than enough sheer imagination to tip the scale in its favor.
Samuel B. For patient audience members that enjoy an intelligent puzzle, Coherence is certainly worth a look.
Nicholas Bell. Despite minimal effects and taking place over a single night in a single setting, the movie is incredibly entertaining from beginning to end.
Karl Delossantos. Coherence is a debut of tremendous ambition and potential, yet sadly, despite some genuine moments of tension, the film ironically makes too many wrong turns and its convoluted themes fail to coalesce on a human level.
Patrick Gamble. Hope Madden. Science fiction drama gone great. This is such an interesting movie it will be hard to forget.
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How did you buy your ticket? View All Photos Movie Info. Eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of events due to the malevolent influence of a passing comet.
James Ward Byrkit. Lene Bausager. Aug 10, Bellanova, Ugly Duckling Films. Hugo Armstrong Hugh. Emily Baldoni Em. Nicholas Brendon Mike. Elizabeth Gracen Beth.
Lauren Maher Laurie. Alex Manugian Amir. Lorene Scafaria Lee. Maury Sterling Kevin. James Ward Byrkit Director. James Ward Byrkit Screenwriter. Lene Bausager Producer.
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April 4, Rating: 3. March 16, Rating: 3. View All Critic Reviews Jul 26, I wonder if I can start out this review by ripping off a previous review I did for a little gem of a movie called The Incident, by pointing out what is the exact image that comes to mind when you hear the term 'science fiction'.
You know, thing set in space or different planets, with a wide variety of creatures and species completely unlike our own.
And that's not a wrong image to have of sci-fi, of course, since that is what the genre has been pushed as throughout the years. You can explore all of these themes without, really, relying much on the usage of special effects.
All you need is strong dialogue and a strong cast able to carry the load of those really complex themes and have them not overwhelm you with a bunch of information that you're meant to process in a very little amount of time.
While outside, Emily has a sweet conversation with her husband, before realizing she's talking to a Kevin from a different reality, then she goes back inside.
The group decides to put a random marker in front of their house. As the marker, they leave a random object and photos of themselves in a box, and on the back they write down the numbers they get from rolling dice.
They check how their new numbers compare to the numbers from the other house's box, which they wrote on the notepad earlier. Emily realizes that the numbers written on this notepad aren't the same numbers she wrote on the notepad earlier.
When she asks other people, she finds that Lee and Beth are the only ones whose memory matches what's written on the notepad, because they're the only ones who haven't left the house since they wrote the numbers on the notepad.
Kevin and Laurie are the only ones whose memory matches Emily's memory, since they're the only ones who have traveled with her the whole time.
Hugh and Amir remember a third set of numbers, since they switched realities when they switched to the red glow stick house and again when they switched to the current house.
Mike remembers a fourth set of numbers, since he switched realities when he went to blackmail himself. The situation deteriorates further when a blackmail note arrives.
Mike mentions that if there's a dark version of their group, maybe it's them. Another Mike arrives to try to kill them, scaring Laurie, who is comforted by Kevin.
Emily leaves the house, and looks through several different houses, finding several where things are even worse. Finally, she finds a reality where no one seems aware of the split and there is a happy Emily.
In this reality, Emily had agreed to go to Vietnam with Kevin at the beginning of the evening, and their relationship had stayed strong. She plans to replace this reality's Emily.
She destroys a car window to lure the group outside, then ambushes her double with ketamine. Her double is able to crawl back inside, forcing Emily to subdue her again in a bathtub.
She then heads to the living room and faints. She wakes the next morning unable to find her double, yet everything seems fine.
She searches outside and runs into Kevin. His cell phone now rings, to which he answers "That's weird.
It's you calling me. Byrkit came up with the idea for Coherence after deciding that he wanted to test the idea of shooting a film "without a crew and without a script".
Byrkit told an interviewer, "For about a year, all I did was make charts and maps and drew diagrams of houses, arrows pointing where everyone was going, trying to keep track of different iterations.
Months and months of tracking fractured realities, looking up what actual scientists believe about the nature of reality — Schrödinger's cat and all that.
It was research, but despite all the graphs and charts, I think our whole idea was that it has to be character-based. We want the logic of our internal rules to be sound, and we wanted it to be something people could watch 12 times and still discover a new layer.
The movie cuts to black at , , , , , , , , , , , , , and The movie's director has said those cuts signify something, but hasn't said what they signify.
There was no cut to black around , which was the point of divergence between realities, although the house was plunged into darkness due to an electricity cut.
There was no cut to black at , when the characters all switched from a house without a broken glass to a house with a broken glass, and there was no cut to black at , when only Mike switched to a different reality.
Byrkit intentionally chose actors who did not know each other. He told an interviewer that, after working on blockbuster films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl , "I come from theater where I was trained to really just concentrate on story and character on a stage with actors and so I was craving getting rid of everything, getting rid of the crew; getting rid of script, no special effects, no support, no money, no nothing, and just getting back to the purity of that, of a camera in your hand and some actress actors?
But they wouldn't know what the other actors had received so it had a very natural, very spontaneous collision of motivations that ended up being what you see on film; obviously guided by a very strict outline that we have been working on for about a year that tracked all the clues and the puzzles and all the rehearsals and things like that.
But the actors weren't aware of those, those things happened because we were sort of guiding them through it. When asked whether the actors were people whom Byrkit knew pretty well, he answered, "Yeah exactly.
They were just friends that I knew I could just call up and say, 'Show up at my house in a couple days. I can't really tell you what we're doing, trust me I'm not going to kill you.
It should be fun! Interviewer Nell Minow confessed her reaction to the actors' relationships: "I just assumed that they all knew each other very well because they fell into the kinds of rhythms that old friends have.
Just five minutes after they arrived at my house they had to pretend to be married and lovers and best friends. Reviewer Matt Prigge praised the choice of casting and their actions: "Byrkit Indeed, Coherence is largely improvised, with a game cast first believably under-reacting to some weird business with laughter and disbelief, then always maintaining a degree of levity read: jokes and occasional put-downs even when stuff has gotten real.
Ryan Lattanzio wrote, "Byrkit brought eight unwitting actors to his Santa Monica home, threw them a few red herrings and set them loose for five days knowing that the film could evolve organically, like great jazz, if he kept his players in the dark.
But he and co-storywriter Alex Manugian weren't just making it up as they went along. Byrkit added, " It outlined all of the twists, and reveals, and character arcs and pieces of the puzzle that needed to happen scene-by-scene.
But each day, instead of getting a script, the actors would get a page of notes for their individual character, whether it was a backstory or information about their motivations.
They would come prepared for their character only. They had no idea what the other characters received, so each night there were completely real reactions, and surprises and responses.
This was all in the pursuit of naturalistic performances. The goal was to get them listening to each other, and engaged in the mystery of it all.
Nicholas Brendon, an actor in the film, discussed the improvisational style of the dialogue with Mandatory journalist Fred Topel, who asked: "I understand the way Coherence was done was that everyone got notecards about their characters and the scenes.
What was on your notecards? So it was just a matter of getting that information out. Since there was no script, I had no idea how it ended.
When I saw the movie, I'm like, 'Oh shit, this is awesome! To be quite honest with you, I never really knew what was going on fully until I saw the movie done.
Principal photography took place over the course of five nights in Byrkit's house. An interviewer asked Byrkit, "Did you run into any unexpected problems in filming?
One night we tried to shoot outside and we had to make the whole thing look completely desolate and the power being off; that was the one night that we had another movie shooting on our street.
So the whole street is completely ablaze with lights and hundreds of extras. Byrkit told an interviewer for Spinning Platters , "Well, we came up with the premise in my living room, where the movie is shot.
A couple years ago we were trying to think about what a good low budget, or no budget, movie would be. And, since we didn't have any resources, I had to think of what we actually had.
We had a camera. We had some actors who were pretty good, and we had a living room. So we had to find out how to make a living room feel like more than just a living room.
And, that led to a whole Twilight Zone type story I was craving a more naturalistic type of dialogue, where people overlap and it's very messy, where people talk more like real humans talk.
And so, we planned the story for a year, including the twists and turns and reversals and betrayals so that we had a really tight puzzle — almost like a fun house that we knew we could lead the actors through.
Byrkit answered one interviewer: " Twilight Zone , for sure. Primer wasn't really an influence so much as it was a sign to us that maybe there was an audience for this kind of movie.
The actual movie itself is so different than ours that it wasn't as much of an influence as, say, Carnage by Roman Polanski, or other non-sci-fi movies.
Much of the film's praise centered upon its cast, which Bloody Disgusting and Fangoria cited as a highlight. Dread Central commented on the film's themes and wrote, "What's frightening about the story is how willing the characters are to abandon the reality they know in favor of one that may be a little more appealing.
Whether that's a byproduct of the comet and the rift it creates or caused by the characters undermining everyone else around them to get the life they really want is the fundamental idea of Coherence and what makes it so unsettling.
Byrkit makes the most of the claustrophobic one-house setting, ratcheting up the dread and paranoia as his characters make a string of seemingly reasonable but ultimately wrongheaded decisions.