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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.
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The first forty five minutes is kind of like watching "The View". Everyone is hyper excitable, super dramatic, freaking out and jumping around at the slightest provocation. Then the weird stuff starts happening - and for some strange reason - the characters stop acting like pampered sissies that shriek at the sound of a doorbell. This movie is really captivating once the story gets rolling. Oddly enough the characters come across as self centered, yuppie snobs that only care about themselves, the movie gets good when they decide they want to remain at the top of the heap of self centered, yuppie snobs. Now usually I'm not one to cheer for the self centered, yuppie snobs, but in this one, I really wanted them to successfully survive in their original domain, no matter the cost. It's a bit of a mind bender with alternate realities, parallel dimensions, a million different life experiences "and I slept with your wife in each one of them!" (Classic line in this film!)
I liked it, I liked it a lot. Get through the first forty or so minutes, there's a few things that the viewer needs to know for later during the yuppie preparation of dinner and dinner itself, then sit back and enjoy the action of yuppies trying to save themselves from becoming themselves. Good film, good actors, good story, great mystery.
The only way to define this move is as Amazing.
The movie begins with a question not quite heard from one character to another, asking a young woman to make her decision regarding something that would change her life, as well as his own. He need not have bothered to ask, as the lives of all 8 characters was about to be altered regardless of their consent. And the movie delivered, desperately at time, confusing at other times and then, just when you begin to think you know where these folks are headed, you are thrown into a different, well, dimension.
This is a movie that should not be overlooked from the moment of one screen cracked cell phone to the damage of other aspects of each of the character's lives. It is all about falling down that rabbit hole, but instead of seeking a way back out, one is determined to search inward, as the characters, quite literally, do what we all at one point or another - seek the answers to themselves. What each character finds is illuminating as well as frightening, though unexpected to both the character as well as the viewer. It is not looking at a mirror image, but rather, seeking to find a side-ways view to one's own life. It is just an incredible journey with characters that are both likable as well as despicable.
I do not know when I will watch this again, or if I will, but I do know that in order to better appreciate this film, I need to watch it over and perhaps over again, if for no other reason than to learn what I have very little understanding about, but of which I am quite curious;