With all the great reviews I suspected a hidden jewel, and it kinda was. However it annoyed me a lot.
Especially the dialog was extremely hectic and kind of retarded in the first 30 minutes. It got a bit better after that, but never really good. The actions and decisions were of people that just did not think, something that doesn't fit in a movie with a smart setting like multiverses. imho it only fits with comedy and some exceptions here and there, but that's just me.
One of the flaws that showed itself a couple of times was the time flow. Time is not really consequent throughout the whole movie. In 1 scene someone drinks up a bottle of wine within a minute, and on a few occasions people were gone for a longer period of time (10-20min) while in the house itself no more than 5 minutes were passed at best. This could be explained by the major plot twist in the end, but it would be nice if there were made 1 or 2 remarks about it if that was the case.
The movie is also not giving the viewer time to make their own construction of the situation but making a few emotional scenes right after an info-dump and repeating this process.And when the characters finally start to understand how complex the situation could be, they decide to pop open the alcohol and get wasted.... seriously? It brings the movie to a dramatic impasse that is completely unnecessarily and just slows down the mystery.
Luckily the movie manages to get some points in after that. More focusing on story development, having some very interesting plot twists and using the mystery to its benefit in stead of for the drama. Those last 15 minutes are a good home run, and the movie sets up a completely other pace and setting. Suddenly moving from a group of people with no clue what's going on, to one main character with an objective. Maybe they should've done this from the beginning to make it more interesting. The girl (Emily?) who took on this role was from the beginning one of the few actors I did not have many complains about, and was doing a good job.
Usually I am a big fan of the 'quantum multiverse' theory worked into a movie, and the concept in this one is very nicely done. But even though they tried (and to be fair the creators have a good grasp on the subject) it kinda failed with the overly dramatic setting and insulting the viewer by letting characters make dumb decisions.
Since it is a low budget movie, I decided not to be too harsh on the rating itself (it really is a movie that can match itself with the high budget ones) and I definitely would upvote for a remake with some better scriptwriting for dialog and some actions. Because I think that this flick could be even better.
Brilliant and engaging. Much better than many movies that spend millions of dollars on especial effects.
Toooootally blow my mind.It's really hard don't get lost (I did),but it just makes you want to know what's going on harder. It was really exciting.Great thriller involving quantum mechanics, and all sort of theories, each one well shown.Watch and see by yourself. ;)
I've watched this movie at least 20 times in the last two years. This is now my litmus test for women. If she can understand stand it, she may get another date. If she cant, then she needs to leave.
I'll i have to say is to pay attention when Em calculates the probability...the calculator said 5.000.000+, when she saw those digits she understood everyone around her except the ones that gave the exact same the dice said, were from other houses... probably from a billion others and somehow connected the group of 8. that's why she left, cause she understood also that every house represented a different reality, that's why she skipped some of them and stopped at the one that with the group socializing and not being aware of the reality split, replacing herself.
Lets say there's 3 of you... One that is gentle, one that is smart, one that is a bad person, Each one in a different house not being aware that is all of them 3 go outside they will see themselves and probably freak out, you have timer (The comet) that lets the original you stay where you are or go to other house and replace yourself. Em "The protagonist" understood while she skipped houses seeing herself in them, but she understood that is impossible for her to go back to her original house since she left the house she was originally in because there were 5.B+ the same and she had to quickly look for another reality for her to be into, she went after a reality where the 8 of them were happy.
So, the reality thing got fucked when hugh and amir went out... it was impossible for the original themselves to go back. There is a scene were a hugh and amir go back with a red glowstick and a blue one and hugh starts fighting because mike hooked up with hes wife, but that mike was from another house (Apparently from another reality were he never did such thing).
When i say original i refer to the ones at the first scenes, but there is no such things as originals... they are themselves but in different type of ways (Personality,llifestyle,etc...)
Sorry for grammar. My main language is Spanish.
Few movies manage to be intimate and personal, while also otherworldly and bizarre. Your exposure to this group of friends is brief, but you learn quite a lot about them-- Not only their backstories and relationships, but (and especially) their ways of thinking and acting. In writing, you are often told to do more with less. "Never use a long word when a short one will do", the modern reach of the minimalist philosophy, cut anything unnecessary. In film that is so often not the case, but Coherence attempts it, by filming the entire movie in the director's home, by making each character familiar enough to need little introduction (How many of us know somebody with Beth's west-coast neo-mysticism? With Mike's good intentions, but shaky judgement?), by introducing subplots we're all so familiar with that the sparse minutes devoted to them can give us great complexity. The film's plot isn't innately comprehensible, and it seems at times to break its own rules, but it doesn't hurt this film. The improvised dialogue is intensely believable, and in all but the moment's-notice camera shots, the traces of the movie's non-existent budget are invisible to you and I. And perhaps the budget of the film is possible because of that essential minimalism, that "less is more" that film has rarely been able to embrace without losing its accessibility.
Alternative realities are fucked up! but yeah good film.
Coherence is perhaps one of the most original and captivating science-fiction films of recent times. With a huge simplicity but a very engaging atmosphere, can completely absorb the viewer into it.
The film is set during one night, when a group of friends gets together for dinner. That same night, a comet will pass very close to Earth. Since one purpose of the dinner would also be attending this event, some theories about strange and inexplicable events about comets come to the table during dinner. What is certain is that while they are just quietly enjoy a nice night, strange things start happening, causing panic and paranoia in all the elements present in the house.
With a very low budget and filmed in documentary style, Coherence has a concept that will confuse our mind completely, as you were one of the characters of the story. You begin to question why all events and that is what makes it so good. The interest that can have on the viewer is huge and you can not take off your eyes from the screen. We try to put all the pieces of the puzzle, such as the characters, these pieces will make you go round and round in the search of an answer.
The dialogue is very dynamic and interesting, and the performances of the actors are very natural which makes it even more credible, even with such a strange story.
Coherence is a film that will confuse your mind and make you feel like you are in the place of one of those characters. The end is perfect for this story and the best of all is the mysterious feeling that continues in the air even after the credits begin to roll.
I have no idea how many times I've watched this movie. At least fifteen times. Watched it again tonight, and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Simply, one of the best movies I've seen in my life. Love showing it to everybody I care about.
By the way, the number of people with short attention spans that turned this off after 15 minutes is something I don't understand. Why sit down to watch a movie if you're not going to give it time to say what it has to say?
Brilliant low budget sci-fi, a must watch.
Four couples gather for a dinner party on the night a comet is set to pass by.
Damn. So good. Delicious tension. So glad I stayed up to watch this... Try not to read anything about it if you're interested.
What incredible low-budget paranoia inducing mind-fuckery... HELL YEAH.
I didn't feel it ventured too far into any kind of over intellectualized pseudo-science. It could have easily fell into that trap... Instead it gave just enough theory to give a sense of what could be going on, and then ran out the door (literally) with the rest...
I'd been waiting to watch this with my wife, now I'm really excited to watch it again with her...
Coherence is my favorite movie by a huge margin. The story, the script, the tension, the pacing—everything is just perfect. The lack of music amplifies the what's-going-on feeling. Perfect ending.
A pretty good mindfuck movie!
Shaky camera for the sake of it. The beginning dialogue was as interesting as listening to a real dinner party guests talk chit chat. The Sci-Fi was pretty mediocre but not bad. It felt like they just mentioned quantum physics and theories so then it's supposed to become deeper. Cheap trick.
One of the best movies I've watched so far! I decided to watch and I wasn't expecting much, but it really did surprise me. 10/10 movie, it's a must watch!
Until the discovery of the box is one of the best movies I've ever seen. There was suspense and mystery. Later, it became predictable and banal.
Great concept, bad camera work and even worse dialogs. In the first 40 minutes the characters behave like idiots and I almost stopped watching the movie, but the second half is pretty good, just keep watching, it's worth it.
Ciencia-ficción lo-fi, en la línea de "Primer" o "Otra tierra". Sin ser una idea especialmente novedosa está perfectamente ejecutada y lleva su premisa hasta la últimas consecuencias. Y es que no hacen falta grandísimos presupuestos cuando tienes una buena idea y ganas y talento para llevarla a cabo.
Fresh. Innovative. Crazy. Simple and Brilliant movie.
Why do some movies have like 30 minutes of useles "prologue" (????)I turned off the movie after 20 minutes of literally NOTHING.
Some cute faces don't make the movie..
“That’s funny, that’s you calling.”- Kevin
This is a fun low budget mind bender. Makes me want to go out and buy some glow sticks.:house_with_garden::candle::flashlight::gift::cat2:
I love screwed up time line movies but this was just kind of there. The characters are complete idiots almost to horror movie levels and right when you start getting an interesting plot line, the movie ends. It was 90 minutes but really could've been a lot better if it had been 2 hours, so that that final story arc could really play out.
That said, it's sort of incredible this was made for $50,000.
and i just watched another great mind fucking movie. i was really great
the movie is a waste considering it has a good main plot, i mean, a lot of things could have been simplified and more action/emotion could have been included. things are dragged a bit and not so well explained.the best part is about 5 mins at the end.seriously i expected more before watching this.
Hard to follow I didn't understand much and the camera work was terrible. They tried to do it as found footage and its was totally unacceptable. Not what i expected reading from the reviews.
Great movie, loved the concept. It's intriguing and getting more tense till the end. Watch in your own home..
Vaya paranoia O_o Pero está entretenida, es curioso como con tan poco presupuesto se puede conseguir suspense y ciencia ficción a partes iguales simplemente usando la psicología... :)
Buenísima ciencia ficción sin fuegos artificiales, es como una obra de teatro.
Surprising movie, low budget but great idea and good acting. This is the kind of movie you want to watch again just after having watched it because at some point you feel lost, like you're in the Twilight Zone, and that's what makes this movie so good. You want to understand, you want to discover the details that you probably missed, so you want to watch it again.
Great movie, how low budget sci fi should be done, I now want to binge on a load of twilight zone episodes
It was right up my alley and I totally agree with the quote on the front cover.
"One of the best science fiction movies in years".
The few early reviews this got were really positive so starting the movie I was a bit put off at first. The budget seems to have been really small (with one set piece primarily) and the camera work can be overly shaky at times. The initial dialogue also did not make me want to know more about the group of friends... The events start out really small here but turn into one big cluster fuck which was a lot of fun to watch. This is also the movies primary strength: It keeps it going - more chaos, paranoia and desolation (can't say I didn't feel lost at a point though). Not sure about the ultimate conclusion but if you don't need FX in your sci-fi it's definitely worth checking out!