Entertainment 'Coherence' a failed experiment in moviemaking The cerebral new sci-fi flick "Coherence" offers an immersion into quantum physics. Photo Credit: Oscilloscope Laboratories By ROBERT LEVIN email@example.com @rlevin85 June 19, 2014 2:44 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The cerebral new sci-fi flick "Coherence" offers an immersion into quantum physics with a maximum degree of fidelity, to the point where it seems like it's been made largely for audiences who could appreciate and nod along approvingly to a discussion about the nuances of Schrödinger's Cat. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Intellectualism should always be celebrated when it finds its way to the big screen, even as but a small and relatively insignificant corrective to the enormous dumbing down going on in other parts of the business. But this movie is so invested in showing off how smart it is, in demonstrating the ways its narrative reflects some fundamentally complex ideas, that it fails to offer characters worth caring about or a story that hits home emotionally. It's about a group of friends who get together for a dinner as a comet passes overhead and discover, after a power outage, that a parallel universe appears to have emerged down the street. This leads to a mix of panic and investigative consideration as the characters try to figure out the ramifications. Writer-director James Ward Byrkit keeps things interesting on a basic level simply because it's impossible to predict where the screenplay is going. He constructs a complex mystery that's intriguing enough to justify sticking it out to the end, even if none of it really matters in a visceral sense. Simply reading the script would offer a similar experience, though, without the claustrophobic cinematography or the ugly yellow lamp-lit aesthetic. You could simply skip the second-rate relationship turmoil. Seriously, that's the way to go when it comes to "Coherence." The fact that the finished product feels like the blueprint of an actual movie wouldn't matter because that's a screenplay's fundamental purpose. Directed by James Ward ByrkitStarring Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Hugo ArmstrongNot RatedPlaying at Village East By ROBERT LEVIN firstname.lastname@example.org @rlevin85 Robert, amNewYork's Editor-in-Chief, has been with the team in one capacity or another for more than a decade. He also reviews movies and writes entertainment features. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.