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Primer (2004)

US 77m, Colour
Director: Shane Carruth; Cast: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, Carrie Crawford

Primer is a clever and entertaining low-budget non-linear science fiction a film about group of engineering entrepreneurs who moonlight on pet science projects in their buddy’s garage during evenings. Two of the group, Aaron and Abe, accidentally construct a time machine and realize the potential to make money through the stock market. After a series of small successes, their ambitions come to cross purposes with each other, and even themselves, as they discover that their manipulation of time is having serious consequences. The increasingly complex explanation of their actions is nearly impossible to follow, which in effect force the viewer to share in the characters’ conundrum. Though multiple viewings of Primer may help to clarify what is really going on, the ambiguity leaves for multiple interpretations which have helped this film achieve a well-deserved cult following (Klaus Ming February 2012).

4 comments on “Primer (2004)

  1. Paragraph Film Reviews
    03/01/2012

    This is hands down my favourite Sci Fi film. Love it to tiny, tiny bits, although despite about ten vieweings, I’ve never understood why the writing deteriorates with use of the machine!!!

    Probably the best example of why you don’t need to throw tons of money at a film to make it amazing.

    • Klaus
      03/01/2012

      An incredibly well made film for a reported $7,000! And yeah, what’s up with the character’s loss of ability to write? Although I like the fact that they didn’t try to explain every detail. This is one which i will definitely watch repeatedly.

  2. Adolytsi
    03/01/2012

    Wow, I can’t believe you actually reviewed this one; this is one of my ‘hidden gems’ that few people I know have heard of. This is far and wide one of my personal favorite films, mostly like you said because of its extreme rewatchability. I love solving puzzles and working out logic, so this film was a gold mine for me. I can’t love possibly love this movie more than I already do.

    • Klaus
      03/02/2012

      Despite the focus of my blog 1001 movies…i’m a big science fiction fan, and never pass up the chance to see something that involves time travel :). I’m surprised that it hasn’t found a wider audience.

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