Sunday, August 23, 2015

Coherence (2013)

Director: James Ward Byrkit

Writers: James Ward Byrkit, Alex Manugian

Composer: Kristin Ohrn Dyrud

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

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Rearrange your brain.

Plot: On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

This neat little sci-fi thriller was reportedly shot in  5 days for only $50k.  That's pretty damn good.  Hell, it's a pretty good flick.  At first I wasn't on board so much because I really don't care about watching 30-something, upper middle class yuppies hanging around a dinner table talking about anything and everything.  There's a bunch of them and there's constant, often overlapping conversations.  Then at the 30 minute mark something happens that changes all of that and suddenly they've got my attention.  It ratchets up again about another half hour later and holds it until the end which is cool enough to warrant a sequel that will never come.  It's one of those WTF final shots that will leave you wanting more and that's not a bad thing.  It's a good flick but it's even more impressive when you consider how well the cast and crew did with such little time.  The handheld camera crap gets annoying sometimes when the camera shakes a little too much or the focus is being diddled with.  Really, though, it's the story that I found most interesting.  It's a thinker and it's fun.  The Oscilloscope DVD comes with some extras including a commentary track, a 16-minute making of featurette, camera test footage (4  minutes and with commentary from the director), the theatrical trailer (anamorphic widescreen) and trailers for four other Oscilloscope releases.

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