Call it 500 Parallel Dimensions of Summer or Eternal Doubled-Up Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but the new science fiction romance Comet looks like one of the most refreshing genre mixers in ages. Check out the magical trailer below.
Comet stars Justin Long as Dell, a young man whose life seems to be dedicated to making a connection with Kimberly (Emmy Rossum) across a series of parallel universes and time frames. That’s basically the gist of the entire movie, which “bounces back and forth over the course of an unlikely but perfectly paired couple’s six-year relationship.” Is that six years on Earth or six years in total, across different planes of existence?
Honestly, I’m excited to not really understand what’s happening here, as that doesn’t take away from the intrigue. I can’t even tell if Dell and Kimberly are happy with each other most of the time, but there’s an undeniable chemistry between them, even in trailer form. So what problems could this relationship face? An apocalypse? Another man? Living on a world with two suns?
Comet is the feature debut for director Sam Esmail, who also wrote the screenplay. His only other project was the short film mystery Deep Down in Florida, but I doubt that project boasted such oddball imagery as nebulas outside of windows. Screw heaters that look like fireplaces; I want window displays that look like I’m in outer space.
It’s strange how little the science fiction elements are used, as if it’s all just background noise for this couple’s trials and tribulations. But I want to know where I can find a parallel universe that allows me to make exciting “The More You Know” visuals from thin air. Is this real life or is it just fantasy? (Caught in a landslide. No escape from reality.)
It’s unclear exactly when Comet will come to audiences, but IFC Films has acquired it for North American distribution, while Content Media will release it internationally. Are you guys as inquisitively excited for this as I am?