Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Movies: Coherence

The "bottle episode" is a time-honored sci-fi tradition, and the film Coherence (written and directed by James Ward Byrkit) hits all the high points of the trope - a group of sometimes disagreeable characters, trapped in a house, with weird stuff going on all around them:

What makes Coherence memorable is the slow, Night of the Living Dead-style way in which the tension in the house ratchets up. There's no special effects or gore to speak of, just conflict, paranoia, and (without spoiling too much) Everett many-worlds weirdness being inflicted on an unsuspecting dinner party. When the credits start rolling (backed by an awesome song by Laura Veirs), it's both a shock and a relief.

Rating: 8/10


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