The mind-bending sci-fi thriller on Amazon Prime that will stay with you for days

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Prepare to be mind-blowing by the coherence of 2013.

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If your love of watching psychologically twisted movies can only compete with your interest in reading late night Reddit theories about their endings — watching you, Theory Fans – I have a request.

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Please stop scrolling endlessly on whatever streaming service you’re looking for, pop over to Amazon Prime and watch the low-budget sci-fi flicks of 2013 Coherence ASAP — It’s free for customers right now. I know. I just saw… for the fourth time.

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The initial premise of coherence is fairly simple. Some friends meet for a dinner party the same night a mysterious comet is about to fly overhead. It begins as many indie films, a disturbing love story, with tension between the former and witty jokes.

Then the power goes out. gets weird. Act two.

Unspeakable events take place while the ensemble of characters scramble to restore power. Nothing is as it seemed. Some begin to doubt where they are, others are more concerned with who They. This is not a film based on small talk of friends for a long time. It is the story of them coming face to face with the terrifying truth of their reality.

Coherence

If I share more, I’ll risk spoilers in a big way about the shocking revelations that unfolded during the course of the film. However, I can assure you that the onscreen illusion is so powerful that you may be forced to question your own sanity.

I’m exaggerating only marginally.

The next hour or so overflows with plot twists that could rival 2010’s Shutter Island. The film also expertly conveys scientific – and rather philosophical – concepts that may have crossed the mind of Stephen Hawking as of late.

Cohesion ties together the social, personal and existential consequences that would arise from a complex theory of space and time in a heart-wrenching mystery. Speckled with red herrings, Easter eggs, and some ambiguities, Coherence is arguably one of the most mind-boggling sci-fi movies I’ve ever seen.

And trust me, I’ve gone down several sci-fi IMDB lists, perusing them diligently.

Perhaps I can sell you with the fact that the coherence, which is scary at times, was made with a rare budget of only $50,000 and shot in just five days. For context, Alfonso Cuarón’s 2013 film, Gravity, was made with $100 million.

I’ve been watching low budget sci-fi movies lately because I’ve found that what these movies lack in drama, they more than make up for in the story. Shoutout to Operation Avalanche (2016), Another Earth (2011) and Primer (2004).

However, coherence was the film that started my journey.

Interstellar may have offered the captivating image of a giant, iconic wave that nearly wipes out the main characters to the tune of Hans Zimmer. The Martian stole your heart with its stunning depiction of a dry Mars amidst a sheet of fog. And Arrival might be the first time you cried over a shadowy alien doing some ink-looking sign language.

But Coherence beautifully tells the story of a group of friends battling reality, navigating the horrific twists that reality can take—without the help of CGI, from one location only and with only the voices of the actors.

Director James Ward Birkitt quietly decided to drop a script for the experimental film. “Every day, instead of receiving a script, actors would get a page of notes for their individual character, whether it was a backstory or information about their inspirations,” he said. said IndieWire.

Because the actors were left in the dark about how the story unfolds, any tension and confusion in their performances is authentic. the chaotic chaos of the film was In fact Happening during the shooting of the film.

The harmony will keep you guessing with the actors, audible gasps and make you feel like a sci-fi detective. Hours after the credits roll, you may well feel the chill as previously overlooked clues and nuances slowly wash over you.

Actually, thinking about that one scene, my hair stood up. You’ll know which one.

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