Just a decade ago, in 2013, ‘Coherence’ completely revolutionized the unwritten rules of science fiction. You can check it out on Prime Video and on of the movie (although you can only see it in its original version on this latest platform), and get carried away by ingenuity to avoid the scarce resources of a film whose impact on the genre was of such caliber that even today independent genre cinema continues to enjoy its findings.
Just as films like ‘The Witch’ or ‘It Follows’ reformulated, more or less around the same time, horror films with tight budgets but abundant in thematic and staging ideas, ‘Coherence’ made certain thesis of the genre its own in literature. And he came to the conclusion that to portray extraordinary phenomena a spectacle was not necessary: a trip through time or a jump to another dimension did not need fireworks to accompany it.
Here, James Ward Byrkit, who made his debut with this film after the prestige that writing ‘Rango’ gave him, tells how a group of friends meet for dinner and reality begins to distort (or not) when a comet passes over them. It is an event that goes back to Finland, in 1923, when the passage of a comet made the inhabitants of a village completely disoriented.
Based on a real physical phenomenon, quantum decoherence, and shot for just $50,000, ‘Coherence’ relies entirely on the work of its actors, who improvised their dialogue for much of the film. This generated a natural atmosphere of actions and reactions that was very special and much imitated by independent cinema in later years. But few have come close to the brilliance and resounding ability to innovate of this magnificent ‘Coherence’.