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Coherence
Friday, September 19, 2014
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Studio: D Films

Reviewed by: Jordan C.

I like sci-fi, no matter how it is served up. In fact, I like understated, almost CG-less sci-fi as much as I like big budget special effects spectaculars. Movies like Gattaca, Primer, and Her get across science fiction ideas and concepts without relying on computer graphics.

Coherence definitely fits with the aforementioned titles. The premise is that a comet passing very close to Earth has caused a nexus between parallel universes. This convergence point has appeared in a residential neighbourhood and our story takes place at and during a dinner party. Eight friends (four couples) get together for food, drinks and merriment, but instead end up in a war of wits (and sometimes actual violence) with multiple versions of themselves. This movie does a great job of exploring how even our littlest choices define us. In each parallel universe the dinner party starts the same but it is how they proceed once they realize something is amiss that separates them.

While Coherence is based on theoretical science, it is more about interpersonal relationships and how we perceive those closest to us. This is dramatic character study as much as it is high concept science fiction.




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