Few are the low budget sci-fi films that inspire deep thinking, but writer/director James Ward Byrkit's metaphysical psychological sci-fi thriller Coherence is one of the exceptions. Certainly this reviewer was reminded of The Twilight Zones' ability to introduce a simple concept that would extrapolate when the human element was left to ponder and react to a dilemma. There are clever explanations, like Siberia's Tunguska Event of 1908, to try explain the reality of the situation, but, like life, there is always more than meets the eye.
When a group of San Francisco-based friends gather for an informal dinner party on the eve of a passing comet, nothing seems too extraordinary. But as the night unfolds, we learn that is not the case for these eight friends. Their realities will be challenged, both emotionally and physically, and in ways they could never have imagined.
The attractive actors are solid, none of the performances over-shadowing any of the others. Only Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Nicholas Brendon was recognizable, even poking fun at himself by playing an actor who used to be on a sci-fi TV show. The action takes place in the claustrophobic dining room of one of the couples' homes. We feel like an invited guest, one that may be called upon to proffer our opinion on how to best navigate the mind-bending proceedings; classic man vs. man/man vs. himself territory.
Only in the third act does the action shift from the actions of the ensemble to the blond dancer Emily (Emily Baldoni) who made choices in her life that she regrets but hopes to correct as the movie reaches its climax. Opens nationally on June 20th. - Dusty Wright
Mr. Wright is a content creator and culture curator. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post, a DJ at David Lynch's Transcendental Music Radio, the former editor-in-chief of Creem and Prince's New Power Generation magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and television. He's also a singer/songwriter who has released four solo CDs and one with folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was a William Morris agent.