Comet was written and directed by Sam Esmail. It was released in 2014 and stars Emmy Rossum and Justin Long. The movie world premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 13, 2014, and went on to screen at the Twin Cities Film Fest, on October 22, 2014. The movie was released on December 5, 2014, in a limited release and through video on demand. (from Wikipedia)
Written and Directed by Sam Esmail
Movie of the Day
“I feel like I’m in the wrong world. ‘Cause I don’t belong in a world where we don’t end up together. I don’t. There are parallel universes out there where this didn’t happen. Where I was with you, and you were with me. And whatever universe that is, that’s the one my heart lives in.” – Dell
After meeting by chance at a meteor shower, pessimist Dell (Justin Long) and insightful Kimberly (Emmy Rossum) begin a 6-year journey through an on-again/off-again relationship that blooms and fades over time. The movie takes you out of order in flashbacks of their timeline showing you the progression and depression of their intricate relationship and asks the question of what is real, what is a dream, and what, if any of it, is an alternate universe.
I was first attracted to Comet because I’m a sucker for a uniquely told love story, especially one that may or may not involve alternate realities. I mean alternate reality love stories are totally my jam (see Eternal Sunshine, Wristcutters, Her, etc.). I also love both Justin Long and Emmy Rossum. Oh, and stories set in Los Angeles.
How could I not want to see this movie?
There is something that is beyond words, and near impossible to describe in how I felt about Comet. The movie touched me in a very deep, visceral, emotional way. At times, I found myself in tears while I was watching it. The kind of tears that are a mix of both melancholy and joy, because there was just something about this story, and the way Comet was filmed and edited, that felt so relevant and real. Beautiful, really.
It reminded me a lot of a relationship I had once upon a time in my past. The way it was fraught with so many starts and stops, and the way it left both of us changed forever.
What I loved most about this movie was the writing and the chemistry between Justin and Emmy. The cinematography was breathtaking, too. It added to the surreal reality shifts, pacing, and style of the film. Sam Esmail is an impressive writer and director, which can be experienced with the TV series “Mr. Robot” – a show I want to return to soon.
Comet became one of my all-time favorite movies, and unusual love stories, immediately after watching it. I need to add a copy of it to my movie collection someday.