in about 100 words or less
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).