Critic Consensus: A case study in less-is-more filmmaking, Coherence serves as a compelling low-budget calling card for debuting writer-director James Ward Byrkit.
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Critic Reviews for Coherence
The larger questions Coherence asks us to consider about parallel worlds are interesting, if not exactly original, while absurdist touches help elevate it from more traditional thrillers.
At once a suspenseful mind game and a wily mash-up of surreal quantum physics theories, this low-cost thriller proves that something approaching brilliance is not just a function of budget.
James Ward Byrkit completes his journey from storyboard artist...to writer-director with this overextended but mostly enjoyable trip into the Twilight Zone.
The film's not perfect-the hand-held camerawork sometimes distracts from the unnerving mood-but it's a good, spooky mind-bender.
[The] surprises, while cleverly doled out over the film's brisk 88-minute running time, don't entirely offset the general displeasure of spending time with this particular circle of friends, lovers and old flames ...
Audience Reviews for Coherence
An intelligent low-budget sci-fi that does a first-rate job in exploring the many possibilities of its intriguing premise, focusing mostly on a largely improvised dialogue and making use of an expert, minimalist approach that brings to mind the brilliant time travel sci-fi Primer.
Every once in a while an indie horror/sci-fi filmmaker comes forth with an initial feature that will serve as a calling card as he/she cements their name within the genre (e.g. James Wan with "Saw" or Ti West and "The House of the Devil", or Shane Carruth and "Primer") . In the case of "Coherence", even though the story is far better than the restless direction, which I suspect has a lot to do with budget constraints; it is undeniable that Byrkit will be a director to watch out for in the near future. "Coherence" is definitely worth checking out during these late August/early September months when the theater is filled with mediocre big-budget films that production companies have dumped on us like so many buckets of ice water during a drought. Read the rest of my review at: http://www.examiner.com/review/coherence-a-film-only-a-fan-of-the-big-bang-theory-could-love Follow me on Twitter @moviesmarkus
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