Hidden Gems >> Coherence

coherence_xlgCoherence (2013)

GENRE: Sci-Fi, Thriller

DIRECTOR: James Ward Byrkit

WRITER: James Ward Byrkit & Alex Manugian

STARS: Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon


PLOT: Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.

Coherence is James Ward Byrkit’s directorial debut and features a limited set and no set script. For the first ten minutes I was beginning to think that it was a rather dull relationship drama about the various insignificant couples at a dinner party. But following a power cut things start to get interesting. Looking outside they see that all but one house has lost power. One of the attendees needs to make a phone call so heads over (with another of the party) to the only house with power, returning with a cut head and a strange locked box. What is inside the box frightens the friends and they start to investigate possible explanations for what is happening, which only creates more paranoia and tension.

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  • Sound & Music


With just a single location (the film is actually shot in the director’s own home) and just 8 actors, Coherence creates a much bigger world than it may suggest. A clever sci-fi tale of parallel universes and quantum decoherence that neither dumbs down for, nor bamboozles it’s audience.


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