When a comet causes a neighborhood to lose power, four couples gathered for a dinner party investigate a nearby house whose lights are still on.

Year: 2013
Certificate: 15
Director: James Ward Byrkit
Starring: Elizabeth Gracen, Nicholas Brendon, Maury Sterling, Lauren Maher, Lorene Scafaria, Emily Baldoni, Hugo Armstrong, Alex Manugian

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Eight friends meet up for dinner while (the fictional) Miller’s Comet is passing over. Eight friends with lives full of regret, the feeling that they could have done so much more over the years, missed opportunities, failed relationships – real people, real lives. The realism of the characters along with the ‘relaxed’ camera work and ad-libbed dialogue makes you feel like you’re at the dinner party with the rest of them. It feels relaxed, you’re at ease listening the conversations and it’s genuinely quite nice. But you’ve read the synopsis and you know this is a sci-fi thriller so you’re forever in suspense wondering when things will start happening.

Once the power goes out and everyone loses their mobile phone signal the group split up to investigate the house up the road that seem to have power; this is where things start to go a bit odd and it’s hard to discuss without giving out spoilers! As the group begin to work out who the other people are and what is actually happening to them they try to push aside their ego’s and work together as a team. Schrödinger’s Cat gets mentioned and you’re left pondering how much you really know about the events in the film up to this point.

“Coherence” is quite a steady-going film with some very believable acting but at times it feels like nothing much is happening. I suppose this is part of it’s appeal but at the same time it leaves you feeling a bit bored. As events escalate towards the end of the film you start to see the scale at which the characters’ lives are affected by the comet and their own actions and you’re left with an interesting moral dilemma…

I had high hopes for “Coherence”; when it was added to Netflix last month you guys seemed to be giving it quite a lot of love in the form of retweets etc and usually this means it’s a good film, one worth watching. Sadly I think this time you were wrong… It’s difficult to watch, possibly even boring at times; and I think it tries too hard to be clever but can’t quite pull it off. Having said that, it’s interesting watching it a second time to see what you might have missed…

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