If your love of watching psychologically twisted movies can only compete with your penchant for reading late-night Reddit theories about their endings, staring at you,fans – I have a request.
Stop scrolling endlessly on whatever streaming service you’ve been watching, hit Amazon Prime, and watch the 2013 low-budget sci-fi movie Coherence ASAP – it’s free to subscribers, right now. I know. I just saw it … for the fourth time.
Coherence’s initial premise is quite simple. Some friends gather for dinner the same night a mysterious comet is scheduled to fly overhead. It begins like many independent films do, with a troubled love story, ex-tension, and witty banter.
Then the power goes out. It gets weird. Act two
Unexplained events occur as the set of characters struggle to restore power. Nothing is what it seemed. Some begin to doubt where they are, others worry more who are. This is not a movie about the small talk of longtime friends. It is a story about how they come face to face with the terrifying truth of their reality.
If I share more, I would risk massive spoilers about the shocking revelations uncovered during the movie. However, I can assure you that the onscreen confusion is powerful enough to force you to question your own sanity.
I only exaggerate slightly.
The next hour or so is overflowing with plot twists that could rival those of 2010’s Shutter Island. The film also expertly alludes to scientific – and rather philosophical – concepts that have likely crossed the mind of the late Stephen Hawking. .
Coherence unites the social, personal and existential consequences that would arise from a complex theory of space and time with a heartbreaking mystery. Dotted with red herrings, Easter eggs, and a few ambiguities, Coherence is quite possibly one of the most mind-blowing sci-fi movies I’ve ever seen.
And trust me, I’ve gone through several IMDB sci-fi lists, diligently looking at them in order.
Perhaps I can convince you with the fact that Coherence, which occasionally borders on horror, was made on a meager budget of just $ 50,000 and shot in just five days. For context, Alfonso Cuarón’s 2013 film Gravity made $ 100 million.
I’ve been watching low-budget sci-fi movies recently because I’ve found that what these theater movies lack, they overcompensate in history. Greetings to Operation Avalanche (2016), Another Earth (2011) and Primer (2004).
Consistency, however, was the movie that started my journey.
Interstellar could have offered the shocking image of a giant and iconic wave that almost wiped out the main characters to the tune of Hans Zimmer. The Martian probably stole your heart with his impressive portrait of a barren Mars amid a blanket of fog. And Arrival might have been the first time you cried for an alien in the shadows using ink-like sign language.
But Coherence elegantly tells the story of a group of friends dealing with reality, navigating the terrifying twists and turns that reality can take, without the help of CGI, from one place and with only the sounds of the actors’ voices. .
Director James Ward Byrkit even decided to forgo a script for the quietly experimental film. “Every day, instead of getting a script, the actors would get a page of notes for their individual character, be it a backstory or information about their motivations,” he told IndieWire.
Because the actors were left in the dark about how the story unfolds, any stress and puzzlement in their performances is authentic. The chaotic disorder of the film was Really happening during the filming of the movie.
Consistency will keep you guessing along with the actors, elicit audible gasps, and make you feel a bit like a sci-fi spy. Hours after the credits roll, you may experience chills as previously overlooked clues and nuances slowly creep in.
In fact, I got goose bumps thinking about that scene. You will know which one.
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