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Comet (2014)

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Set in a parallel universe, Comet bounces back and forth over the course of an unlikely but perfectly paired couple's six-year relationship.


Sam Esmail


Sam Esmail
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Complete credited cast:
Justin Long ... Dell
Kayla Servi Kayla Servi ... Stephanie
Eric Winter ... Josh
Emmy Rossum ... Kimberly
Ben Scott Ben Scott ... Stunt driver
Lou Beatty Jr. ... Conductor
Ben Pace ... Bartender
Nicole Lucas ... Waitress
Connie Jackson ... Nurse


Justin Long and Emmy Rossum are star-crossed lovers whose relationship blooms and unravels over the course of six years in this mysterious, dazzlingly original romance. When a chance encounter brings together the cynical Dell (Long) and the quick-witted Kimberly (Rossum), the stage is set for a tempestuous love affair that unfolds like a puzzle. As the film zigzags back and forth in time-from a meteor shower in LA, to an encounter in a Paris hotel room, to a fateful phone call-an unforgettable portrait of a relationship emerges. Sumptuously shot and boasting incredible chemistry between the leads, Comet is a one-of-a-kind cosmic love story. Written by IFC Films

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

5 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kometa See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie had its world premiere at Los Angeles Film Festival. See more »


[first lines]
Dell: [repeating multiple times] This is not a dream.
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Crazy Credits

[text on screen in the opening scene] THE FOLLOWING EVENTS TAKE PLACE OVER SIX YEARS (a few parallel universes over) See more »


References MacGyver (1985) See more »


Eyes Like The Ocean
Written by Manzur Iqbal, Peter Carrol
Performed by Futurecop!
Courtesy of Motor Songs GmbH
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Good overall, but indie hipster tropes marred it
22 December 2015 | by jody-39236See all my reviews

This film has a lot of great things going for it. There is an experimental element in the exposition of "parallel realities" that is a little annoying at first but becomes more effective as the film progresses. In fact, the film uses quite a few techniques that are unconventional, and for the most part they are effective. The central story is obviously a love story, and by now it isn't anything special on its own; you've probably seen this story before, and other reviewers have already covered much of the obvious influences already. The magic is in its execution, and that's where things both work wonderfully and fall apart.

As I said, many unconventional ways of presenting the story are used very effectively; I'd not rate the film so highly otherwise. The core of the film is solid. The three stars that I took away come from two major problems: an ambiguous ending and the use of obnoxiously annoying framing choices that every indie film hipster seems to be all about using nowadays.

I hate all film endings where the ending is ambiguous. I liken it to ripping the last few pages out of one's favorite novel. Movies where the loose ends are left untied leave me with that feeling you might get if handed a plate of delicious food and then having the plate unexpectedly taken away when you're only half done eating. There is nothing more to say about this problem; some people aren't bothered by it, but I see it as either laziness or being "artsy" to the detriment of your storytelling.

The far more serious problem is the one where the "rule of thirds" and other fundamental image composition guidelines are thrown out the window. There are some shots where this works well because the violation of the rule fits with that aspect of the narrative. However, there are far more instances where the framing choices just look plain stupid and make no sense. Leaving a lot of empty frame space behind and/or above the actor's head is a compositional no-no and should only be done in rare instances, but like many other smaller indie films released in the past couple of years, this one falls victim to the director trying too hard to be edgy and clever. It is the Tragedy of the Cinematic Hipster. They've randomly forgotten that the point is to tell a story and that producing a film for mass consumption isn't an artsy film school assignment. A story should work BECAUSE of the camera work, not IN SPITE of it. The overall film suffers a bit; it is distracting at best and obnoxious at worst.

If the director's future films spend less time trying to be so edgy, there is a lot of potential for amazing work, but it's too late to save Comet from the indie hipster disease. Still, it's definitely a film worth seeing, and after all of my whining, that's pretty impressive.

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