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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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Difficulties aside, Primer is a beautiful film with top-notch cinematography and an amazing score. It is very refreshing to see a science fiction film without the standard barrage of computer-generation and overly-dramatic music. Any "special effects" experienced are the result of very well-thought-out shots combined with skillful editing. The music is well-placed, optimistically melancholy, and at the same time invokes an undeniable sense of wonder and possibility. The acting is down-to-earth and believable. The characters portrayed are not superhuman and do not have unlimited resources. The feeling that you get from the film is that you have become a witness to actual extraordinary events. In my opinion there is no other science fiction film (time travel or otherwise) that accomplishes this feat as well as Primer.
If you're into Sci Fi and looking to unwind with something exciting, with good pacing, clear character motives and developments that make immediate sense... Check out Project Almanac, Looper, or Edge of Tomorrow. All fantastic films with unique takes on Time Travel.
Save this movie for a time when you're rested, or at least ready to focus and invest some brain power into a dense and layered story. It's more of a old-fashioned foray into Sci Fi. More like something that a modern Jules Verne or H.G. Wells might write. Dense and nuanced with lots of explanation of rules and big words that you may or may not understand without a dictionary.
If you're ready, this is a great film worth more than one watch. It's sure to be a cult classic both for it's technical execution as well as the questions it raises about morality.
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