When four couples meet for a dinner party on the night Miller’s comet is due to pass close to Earth, they couldn’t have anticipated the astrological anomaly causing a disruption of the evening’s affairs. But after the power goes out, internet and phone service shut down, and all the lights in the quiet suburb go dim—save one eerily similar house a few blocks away—their evening takes a decidedly mind-bending turn. As the group scrambles to make sense of the bizarre turn of events, they argue over ever-wilder theories as to what sinister forces lie in wait outside the confines of the house. A heady mix of quantum physics and mystery, “Coherence” is a clever and original low-budget sci-fi flick that emphasizes storytelling over flashy effects, and is sure to be one of the most talked about genre films of the summer.
Bernardo Britto | USA | 6 min. | 2013