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"The permutations are endless" well sums up the movie. What would you do...if you could have perfect hindsight and foresight-how long would your altruism and your noble idealism last?
It's so dimensional you will watch it over and over. I read where some feel they have it figured out, but the sage advice comes from a fan that says "stop reading and keep watching!"
The low-budget while evident at times, actually adds to the mystique. I found myself annoyed by the slightly muffled and sometimes garbled soundtrack-which incidentally improved towards the middle (probably as Shane developed his prowess with audio and the actors begin to project a bit more). The graininess of the film shows through at times, but once again- it sets the mood and actually looks very intentional. Yet, that very tension actually sets you up for the true impact-when you realize the "permutations are endless."
"Primer" is one of those very rare movies that comes along to give Hollywood a real kick in the pants-to say "THIS is how you create a thriller"-it's in the heart, not in the budget. It's amazing what $7k and a man with a vision can do!
Primer is already a cult classic and will be discussed for years to come. It's definitely not for everyone, but for those who enjoy heady, multi-dimensional movies-it will remain a standard.
(Think: THX-1138, I Heart Huckabees, The Matrix, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Pi, A Boy And His Dog, etc.)
If you just want to sit and veg infront of a motion picture, you like "feel good movies", or like big noises, special effects, high drama & action for drama & action's sake (not that there's anything wrong with this at all - think: Hitch, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Out of Africa, or Star Trek - The Movie), then this movie will likely leave you wanting. It is, relatively speaking, a geek movie. And not in the sense of "Real Genius".
You can read as much as you like about the plot, etc. in other reviews. I choose not to give away too much about specifics in my reviews.
The part that I really liked about this movie is its exploration into what happens in the human character and their relationships when they stumble onto a resource that provides great benefit and huge circumstance, and yet don't really fully understand or prepare themselves for how/why it works or the implications it brings with it. The juxtaposition of being in a situation that is unfolding with unprecidented information allowing one to predictably alter said situation's outcome - and then dealing with the newly generated results, that one could not so easily predict - heady stuff. Add to that some plausible sounding science (fiction) and recursive situational examination, and you have a formula for a great story that requires you to focus.
And THAT'S what this movie requires - your undivided focused attention. Be ready to THINK, solve, and be mentally challenged.Read more ›
This film is probably one of the best films I've seen dealing with time travel. The grainy, washed out quality of the film gave it a realistic documentary style. I didn't see the comparisons with Memento that most people refer to. The feeling I got from the movie was closer to the intesity I felt when I watched The Insider. I just felt tense and uneasy as the characters fiddled with their new "toy". The soundtrack had a very good ambient touch that helped add emphasis to the seriousness of the film.
So, in short; if you like intellectual, intense, dramatic, sci-fi movies, then you'll like this film. And, yes it may be a little to artsy for some. If Timecop is your favorite movie then you probably won't like Primer (jab).
Script The script is pretty solid, especially considering the complexity of the story line. The dialogue is natural, to the point where I wondered if most of it was improvised.
Acting and Character Development Surprisingly good. The two primary characters play off each other well. Their dialogue together is natural and real. They have a best-friend chemistry together.
Cinematography and Editing The cinematography is remarkable for a low budget independent movie. The color is great, the composition is creative and it helps tell the story. It does this by creating uncertainty in the time frame during their iterations of time travel. Toward the last third of the movie, the editing becomes very confusing: the protagonists are shuffling their time trips and this makes the storyline difficult to follow. I say this is good because I think that was the intent. They wanted to convey that there was complexity and uncertainty associated the implications of time travel. The audience is confused because they are confused and uncertain.
The movie is compelling.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Let me first say that I love good sci-fi movies. I also like thought-provoking movies that make you think. So this movie would normally be right up my alley. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Steven Evans
It's hard to rate Primer. I give it a strong grade for originality, creativity, and the ability to keep me interested. Read morePublished 9 days ago by D. Burns
Practically speaking, time travel is an enjoyable challenge to understandPublished 9 days ago by Long John Silver
Give this movie two stars for an innovative screenplay and some original ideas.
However, the creators do not get those last three stars because, although they tried, in... Read more
Love this story. It's a thinker. You have to pay attention though, I had to see it twice. Not an action movie, more of a what if.Published 1 month ago by Genice Amarie
I LOVE sci-fi, but this movie SUCKED! I watched the whole thing hoping it would get better. No deal. Don't waste your time.Published 2 months ago by Nick Merchant
Great concept; I've been going over it for weeks. However, minus one star for the near-incomprehensible recording of the dialog.Published 3 months ago by RetroG
Valiant effort on behalf of the filmmakers with such a small budget, but I'm sorry, I love avante guard stuff but this one made no sensePublished 3 months ago by Roger C.
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|is this movie out of print? If so, why?||
Looks to be out of print in the US, but almost any other region can buy it new. UK, netherlands... anywhere but here. Buy from another region, remove region coding, or use a "universal" player, watch on monitor. Or spend a hundred for no readily apparent reason to buy a used copy that... Read More
Apr 25, 2015 by Amazon Customer | See all 2 posts
Think about how MUCH information a director needs to cram into an hour or two, and very skilled, experienced directors (and/or those with LOTS of money to spend) can explain a lot to the audience in one or two very short but skillfully crafted scenes. I believe that 1) the information the... Read More
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