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Everything you think you know about modern science is about to unravel in this critically acclaimed film about two young engineers and the consequences they face when they invent a machine that enables them to travel back in time.Running Time: 77 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLERS.
Primer won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and has drawn repeat viewers eager to crack writer-director-star Shane Carruth's puzzler of a time-travel drama. Carruth, an engineer by training, plays inventor Aaron, whose entrepreneurial partnership with fellow brainiac Abe (David Sullivan) unexpectedly results in a process for traveling back several hours in time. The men initially use these rewind sessions to succeed in the stock market. But a dark consequence of their daily journeys eventually complicates matters. If this sounds like a very commercial, science fiction thriller, Primer is anything but that. Shot on 16mm for $7,000, the film has a tantalizing, sealed-in logic, akin to Memento, that forces viewers to see the fantastic with a certain dispassion. One may be tempted to sit through Primer again to more fully understand its paradoxes and ethical quandaries. --Tom Keogh
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This movie is about as polarizing as it gets. I suspect that most people will either love it or hate it. For that reason I'm averaging it out and giving it 3 stars.
For the record, I did not like it. It is way too confusing and requires way too much thought for not nearly enough pay off. Also, for the record I am a big science fiction fan.
This movie not only requires a lot of thinking, it requires you to do it fast. There is no time to think about what is going on. Therefore, unless you are a total genius, you must rewind parts, sometimes several times. Even then, I have to admit, I didn't really get it. I had to go and read up on it to truly understand what is going on.
RECOMMENDATIONS/CONCLUSIONS: If you are a hardcore science fiction fan who has a lot of knowledge of science, physics in particular, then you will probably love this movie. If you are not well versed in the sciences, then you will most likely hate this movie and probably not watch it till the finish. Once you get lost early on, you have to make the choice to rewind and watch again or just give up.
Kudos to the film makers who did this on such a tiny budget and were willing to take a chance on making a movie that falls well outside the norm.
While it seems slow at first, and i admit to not being a science whiz like some other reviewers, it gets interesting as you go.
I admit there is a great deal of dialogue that was either over my head, or i just couldn't hear well. My advice...don't sweat it.
From a sci-fi fan point of view this movie is a great exploration of the consequences of time travel.
Due to it being about time travel, once i realized this, I had to pay attention.
The premise of the time travel was different than I had been exposed to before, and i liked it.
I enjoyed that the movie was done in a way, that for me at least, left me thinking about where the loops started.
I took from the events that we were stepping into the plot at a point after the time experiments began, but that could be because I think linearly.
Overall, if yo can get past the production quality, and what seems like jumping about, but isn't or is depending on how you perceive time travel i think it was well done.
If you like nice tidy endings that leave no room for questioning the events, this may not be for you.