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12 Movies You Must Watch if You Love ‘Coherence’

May 19, 2018
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“Coherence” is a science fiction thriller that marked the directorial debut of James Ward Byrkit. The film follows eight people at a dinner party during a comet sighting. This causes very strange occurrences that will affect them tremendously. If you are into movies that deal with time traveling and multiple realities, this list is for you. Here is the list of twelve mind-boggling movies similar to Coherence that are our recommendations. You can watch many of these movies like Coherence on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

12. The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

Henry DeTamble is a librarian that can travel in time due to a genetic anomaly but cannot control the moment or destiny of these travels. After meeting Clare Abshire in a Chicago library, they fall madly in love and get married. However, this won’t be an easy because of his unexpected travels. “The Time Traveler’s Wife” is a heartbreaking movie that reflects on the meaning of life and love. It is a fantastic adaptation of the book of the same name and has a terrific cast. Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams give incredible performances due to their great chemistry.

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11. About Time (2013)

Twenty-one-year-old Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out to have unexpected consequences. Directed and written by Richard Curtis, “About Time” a witty, intelligent, charming, sweet film with surprising depth and heart. Besides focusing on the time-traveling plot, it also focuses on the father-son relationship between Tim and his dad and the romantic relationship between Tim and Mary. It stars Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson.

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10. Mr. Nobody (2009)

A boy, Nemo, stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this important decision. In “Mr. Nobody”, we see all of these possibilities and how the life of the little boy changes from the decision. Although it can be a little confusing at times, “Mr. Nobody” is an interesting, experimental, mind-bending film. It has an amazing cast, especially Jared Leto who is particularly fascinating playing the adult and old version of Nemo. With an incredible love story, its originality will absolutely conquer your heart.

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9. Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) doesn’t get along too well with his family, his teachers and his classmates. He has a friend named Frank – a large bunny which only he can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event and Donnie’s escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. “Donnie Darko” it is not a film for everyone since it promotes hard thinking. After the film ends, it’s almost impossible to keep yourself from thinking of all the possible ways to interpret everything. Moreover, it has an amazing soundtrack, a very interesting plot and brilliant performances by teenage actors.

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8. The One I Love (2014)

Starring Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss, “The One I Love” revolves around a couple, Ethan and Sophie, who take a weekend retreat to reconnect with each other. However, what was supposed to be a beautiful getaway soon becomes a bizarre and complicated weekend. This movie has an incredible and extremely original script. You will never see a film quite like it. Charlie McDowell and Justin Lader created a unique drama that will be enjoyed by “Coherence” fans.

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7. Predestination (2014)

“Predestination” is one of those movies that the less you know the better. Because it chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on intricate time-travel journeys, this dark sci-fi film can be very complex.  However, its clean direction, immaculate cinematography, and impressive special effects are created to amaze you and give a better understanding of the storyline. The Spierig Brothers deserve a lot of praise for creating such a creative and intricate film that still can be largely enjoyed.

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6. Primer (2004)

If you love mind-bending movies and have not watched “Primer”, stop everything you are doing and go watch it! This independent drama chronicles the story of a how a group of engineers accidentally created a time machine. However, as they start using it to change their lives, they realize this may have unforeseen consequences. “Primer” is one of those movies that you’ll want to re-watch it immediately after finishing it. Although it is confusing, it is an intoxicating and fascinating sci-fi. Besides a great storyline and good execution, the acting is also good.

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5. Looper (2012)

In 2074, crime syndicates have created a new way to get rid of someone’s body. They time travel to send men from the future to be killed in the past, where the body is properly disposed of. The men that do this kind of work are called “loopers”. Joe is a 25-year-old that works as a looper and he must deal with the consequences of being one. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt, “Looper” has a smart script filled with emotion and action. Moreover, the acting is excellent, as is the cinematography.

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4. Inception (2010)

In 2010, Christopher Nolan surprised everyone with his new film. With the help of Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy and many more talented actors, Nolan created a multi-layered masterpiece. The story is fresh and original: we follow a thief specialized in dream-sharing technology as he is giving the job to plant an idea into the mind of a CEO. While the plot may seem simple, “Inception” is extremely complex, delving into the subconscious mind. Furthermore, Nolan created a film that is at the same time heart-breaking and electrifying, where emotional depth and explosive action complement each other.

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3. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn is a 20-year-old college student that frequently suffers from memory blackouts. During significant events of his life, Evan suddenly finds himself somewhere else. Then, he finds he has the ability to travel back in time and inhabit his former self. Therefore, he uses this to change his present life by altering his past behaviors. “The Butterfly Effect” is a brilliant sci-fi thriller starring Ashton Kutcher. Its title is a reference that illustrates how small initial differences may lead to large unforeseen consequences over time.

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2. Timecrimes (2007)

This Spanish science-fiction movie follows Hector, a simple man who accidentally gets into a time machine. He becomes part of a time loop and needs to stop his other selves from continuing to exist. Written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo, “Timecrimes” (or “Los cronocrímenes”) is a captivating thriller that is easy to follow, despite its complex plot. It is a must-see for fans of “Coherence” and “Primer”.

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1. The Invitation (2015)

When Will is invited to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife and her new husband he is taken by surprise and does not know what to expect.  While on the party, he cannot seem to shake the feeling that something is wrong… But is he losing his senses or is he correct? “The Invitation” will be most enjoyed if you go in blind. Don’t watch the trailer or read more than this simple synopsis. All you need to know is that you will be surprised by the plot and ending. Also, it has an extraordinary performance by Logan Marshall-Green, who portrays grief and paranoia brilliantly.

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