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'Coherence' surprises with multiple self awareness

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"Coherence", a cerebral Indie Sci-Fier available on iTunes or in theaters from Oscilloscope Labs, begins with a friendly dinner party crashed not by guests, but by a mysterious comet. Of course, this comet is foreshadowed by ominous omens like broken cellphones and missed communications.

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Things get even stranger when the lights flash out and the party guests and their hosts soon notice anomalies in both perception, time and their current reality. It seems this comet has unlocked their awareness to different realities similar to their own, like a copy of a copy of a copy. Distorted. Fuzzy. Slightly off. Quantum physics squared. However, still close enough to cause instant confusion. To go any further might spoil the fun of this clever, new film.

A film that boasts a good cast that includes actors Emily Baldoni, Nicholas Brendon (T.V.'s "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and Maury Sterling, a tight script by Writer/Director James Ward Byrkit and unexpected fades to black that break up various scenes and delivers many a tense thrill by Cinematographer Nic Sadler. All adding up to a smart movie that doesn't take itself too seriously but, says something fresh and unique about a tired genre that mostly consists of comic book remakes and endless explosions.

Also, (for fans who may have already seen this multi-layered film) a live chat on the "Coherence" Facebook page with Byrkit is happening Tonight at 7pm (PST). Any questions will be answered and light will be shed on what I've called the Best Sci-Fi flick of 2014... so far!


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