Like many indie films, the constraints of budget dictate a limited scope - confined to one finite location it is the job of the indie filmmaker to create a world that the audience can identify with and suspend their disbelief to extend beyond the shallow scene presented.
Starting slowly as a casual dinner party among four couples, the initial drama of the film is relationship focused, there are secrets that are better left hidden and some old wounds that haven't yet had time to heal. When strange things start to happen - and when I say strange, I mean actually really freaky and weird - the energy of the film changes and the tension sketched out in the first act of the film begins to create a vortex of confusion, accusation, blackmail and a delightful twist as one member of the party decides to take matters into her own hands. I freely admit that I re-watched the last 40 mins of the film to make sure I didn't miss anything.
On the night of an astrological anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. Part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama, Coherence is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery
Starring: Hugo Armstrong, Nicholas Brendon, Emily Foxler, Elizabeth Gracen, Lauren Maher, Alex Manugian, Lorene Scafaria, Maury Sterling
Director James Ward Byrkit sums up the deeper edge to the story of Coherence eloquently:
The layers beneath everyday interaction contain depths of struggle and pain that, to me, qualify as epic campaigns of survival. There is something both profoundly gut-wrenching and mind-blowingly compelling in the low-grade warfare that people unconsciously wage, all in the name of shoring up our identity and defending the untold number of choices we’ve made that led us to this moment.
We create a self for others to see, that we cannot. To my brain, this invites the inevitable question of what happens when we confront ourselves as an observer? Do we have the same compassion for our own choices that we would bestow on others? Or do we suddenly see how disposable our potential futures are?
Take a peek at the trailer for Coherence - it's June 20th release date is coming up hard and fast, and while I would classify Coherence as a thriller with sci-fi overtones, it's definitely worth checking out.