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Film Review: “Coherence” (2013)


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Film Review: “Coherence” (2013)

Written and Directed by: James Ward Byrkit

Produced by: Lene Bausager, Doug Blake, Alyssa Byrkit

Cinematography by: Nic Sadler

Cast: Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Alex Manugian, Lauren Maher, Hugo Armstrong, Lorene Scafaria

A group of close friends gather for a dinner party. But, before they even get a chance to start enjoying each other’s company, strange and unexplainable events begin to occur, because the comet, named Miller, is passing overhead.  However, all the bizarre things happening are nothing in comparison to what the friends start suffering- heavy paranoia, where each of them believes that the one standing next to them is their double. As a result, doubt, dread, and a desire to make it through the night, will be their only companions on their way to an unpredictable ending…

How many writers, right now, can write a kind of insanely complicated, chaotic and totally out-of-control story like Coherence?  I think only one person could come up with such an interesting, unique, and intelligently written story like this- James Ward Byrkit, who also stands behind the camera to direct his first really successful featured film.

Everything about Coherence is almost perfect. Mostly because of Byrkit`s story. He manages to write a script in a way that every single character in the film seems to be the main character, and all are equally involved in these very odd events, which makes each of them paranoid. There are so many scenes in Coherence I would love to highlight; each one, like the other, involves everyone in the film. The camera carefully moves from one character to another, showing their frustration, confusion, and struggle, while they talk and discuss The Miller Comet that has passed overhead; or the phone that is broken; or the reason why the landline remains unresponsive.

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Byrkit masterfully wrote and orchestrated the entire film so well, that it doesn’t allow the audience to get even a bit distracted; otherwise, you would have to watch it again. One of the scenes I enjoyed watching was when Emily (Emily Baldoni) and her boyfriend Kevin (Maury Sterling) are discussing Kevin`s ex-girlfriend, Laurie (Lauren Maher), who, when she appears makes things somewhat tense for both Kevin and Emily. In every single scene the camera captures everyone`s facial expression, which makes the entire story unbelievably real.

Coherence is certainly one of the most surprising and highly anticipated films of the year, with a highly intelligent story, and talented cast, who does an incredible job of performing in such a difficult story line. In this film, several strange and bizarre occurrences will lead all of the friends to the conclusion that they`re in intersecting, parallel universes, like the one we see on ABC`s ‘FRINGE’, but instead of parallel dinner parties, there are unfriendly and dangerous doubles.  For those who love to see different versions of reality, and how they can interchange with each other, then ‘Coherence’ is certainly the right film to watch.

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About Ulkar Alakbarova (1102 Articles)
My name is Ulkar Alakbarova. A wonderful name, is it not? I come from the exotic land of Azerbaijan but now I live in the hub of Hollywood North – Toronto, Canada. How lucky I am to be able to enjoy and indulge in my favourite avocation of watching movies. Movies of every genre are screened here in Toronto. There are black and white classics, avant garde, independently produced, and of course, newly released movies for all to enjoy. Let me share this treasure of entertainment with you. Read my thoughts and opinions then let me know if you agree.

4 Comments on Film Review: “Coherence” (2013)

  1. I liked this but why didn’t they just stay in the house and let the weirdness pass?!

    • It`s very good question. Maybe because sometimes at certain situations we want to play heroes… But I also think that something would still happen even if they would stay home. But I loved the script very much. It was really clever.

  2. This is such a cool little movie. I liked it. It has flaws, but the idea is clever and the ending is great.

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