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Coherence (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 6 August 2014 (USA)
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Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.


James Ward Byrkit


James Ward Byrkit (screenplay by), James Ward Byrkit (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Emily Baldoni ... Em (as Emily Foxler)
Maury Sterling ... Kevin
Nicholas Brendon ... Mike
Lorene Scafaria ... Lee
Elizabeth Gracen ... Beth
Hugo Armstrong ... Hugh
Alex Manugian Alex Manugian ... Amir
Lauren Maher ... Laurie
Aqueela Zoll ... Extra
Carrie Patterson Carrie Patterson ... Extra
Kelly Donovan ... Extra
Alexis Boozer Sterling ... Extra (as Alexis Boozer)
Mark Ballou Mark Ballou ... Extra


On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. Written by Oscilloscope Laboratories

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The producer, Lene Bausager, flew out from England specifically to make sure the movie would happen. See more »


(at around 7 mins) Right after Hugh asks everyone at the table about their phone reception but before he starts talking about the comet from the 1930s there is a brief shot of Lee saying something. A cameraman can be seen crouched behind the sofa in the living room to the left of Lee's head, and he stays there for quite awhile. See more »


[first lines]
Kevin: [on the phone] I felt like I had a lot of time.
Em: I know. It's good. I'm good.
Kevin: Yeah. We're, um... we're just getting off the freeway.
Em: Yeah? Did, Hugh pick you up at the office, or...
Kevin: Yes, he was coming in from Oakland. He was late, of course. Then I took him... And then, he took me to some lawyer bar.
Em: A lawyer bar?
Kevin: Yeah. A lawyer bar, kind of. Yeah. I don't know. Everybody there seemed like a lawyer. I felt like I was the only person without a tie.
Em: Well, maybe we should get you a tie for ...
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Written and Performed by Laura Veirs
Courtesy Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Published by Freak Off The Leash Publishing (BMI)
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Coherent sci-fi ride
12 June 2018 | by hrkeplerSee all my reviews

'Coherence' is master example of what you can achieve with close to no budget, but enough inventiveness. Shot over five days with almost unknown cast (except maybe Nicholas Brendon from 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer') and mostly improvised scenes and dialogue. The writers (director James Ward Byrkit and Alex Manugian who also played the role of Amir) had only written just story and established rules while most of the witty dialogue were improvised by actors themselves, thus proving that the film doesn't need some superstars, but rather talented ensemble cast. Although the hand-held camera-work might seem to take viewer out of the story, it was just another way to give more room to the improvisation. Despite all of that the film manages to keep an eerie atmosphere, and the story movies on one continuous flow without getting sidetracked. The story also doesn't crumble into pieces under it's own ambitions. The twists hold together and actually makes sense. Although the final twist might seem to be rushed and thrown into there just for the sake of it, but it kinda fits and doesn't change the film's overall tone.

'Coherence' is slow burning psychological science-fiction for a thinking person, and it holds up much better than most big budgeted pretentious science-fiction extravaganzas. Recommended especially for those who like independent sci-fi and/or films that take place in one room.

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Release Date:

6 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,000, 22 June 2014

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2.35 : 1
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