Low budget indie movies normally means you’re either going to watch something imaginative and different or it’s an excuse for some shaky camera nonsense. Luckily no shaky camera work in sci-fi thriller Coherence but will low-budget mean low quality?
Eight friends attend a dinner party as a comet is due to pass over through the night.Soon their phones stop working and then the house loses power. As it turns out the whole neighbourhood has lost power except for one house. When they decide to ask for help the night begins to get even stranger.
This is one of those movies where the less you know about the plot before hand the better. Although perhaps some knowledge of philosophy and thought experiments may help you understand some of the characters’ theories about what going on (it took me a bit of pausing and discussing with my sister to make sure I understood the plot). That doesn’t mean the movie is a bore or anything in fact writer/director James Ward Byrkit makes an interesting film where I generally I had no idea where the story would go, which is nice in this day and age.
The set up may seem slow to start with as we get to know the characters but they information we find out about the characters become important later. We understand more of their motivations and sets up for revelations further along the line. The eight actors and actresses are well playing, and along with the natural sounding dialogue, they are believable as a group of friends thrown into chaos during the night.
Its limited setting is both a help and a hinderance. Being set mostly inside one house means that there is claustrophobic tone which the movie capitalise on as the characters are unsure whether to stay put or risk going outside. Every noise or knock at the door makes you jump. But it also means the film can be stilted at times, and you want to know what is going on outside. The ending was also a bit too abrupt for me.
But it is worth watching at least for anyone wondering what Xander from Buffy is doing now, with Nicholas Brendon having fun playing a character who used to be in a tv show.