Like watching psychologically twisted movies that have you reading late night Reddit theories about their endings? I have one request.
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.
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.
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. Dotted with red earrings, Easter eggs, and some ambiguities, Coherence is arguably one of the most mind-bending sci-fi movies I’ve ever seen.
And trust me, I’ve gone down several sci-fi IMDB lists, perusing them diligently.