The debut feature from filmmaker Shane Carruth -- who wrote, directed, photographed, edited, scored, and stars -- Primer is a psychological sci-fi thriller about a group of four tech entrepreneurs. Toiling away in a garage, the quartet have successfully created error-checking systems for their clients. But their recent work seems to have created an unexpected and seemingly impossible side-effect. Suddenly, two members of the group realize they are in possession of a device that can double, or perhaps even quadruple, the space-time continuum of anything that enters it. What at first seems like a windfall of astronomical proportions eventually proves to be much more than they bargained for, as the duo attempt to manipulate time to their financial -- and emotional -- benefit. Also starring Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, and Carrie Crawford, Primer premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the coveted Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film.
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Cast & Crew
|Jay Butler||Metalshop Worker|
|John Carruth||Man on Couch #1|
|Juan Tapia||Man on Couch #2|
|Samantha Thomson||Rachel Granger|
|Jack Pyland||Aaron's Coworker|
|Keith Bradshaw||Clean Room Technician|
|Ashok Upadhyaya||Laboratory Technician|
|Jon Cook||Will's Cousin|
|David Joyner||Rachel's Date|
|Eric de Soualhat||Translator|
|Shane Carruth||Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter,Sound/Sound Designer|
|Reggie Evans||Sound/Sound Designer|
1. Some of This You Know [3:34]
2. 8th Grade Physics [1:19]
3. Wooden Pencil [2:57]
4. Creating the Box [5:19]
5. Tell Me You're Hungry [1:58]
6. Feedback Loop [4:21]
7. Protein Buildup [5:00]
8. Parabola [3:38]
9. Not a Prank [4:45]
10. Abe's Day [5:17]
11. Exiting the Box [3:25]
12. What Would You Do? [3:48]
13. Keeping Secrets [3:06]
14. Is Hero Here? [5:54]
15. A Long Day [8:04]
16. How? [4:08]
17. Following the Script [5:41]
18. Don't Come Back [2:26]
19. Epilogue [:38]
20. End Credits [1:41]
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The engineer jargon is a little hard to follow in this movie, but the acting is very good and realistic. At times this movie can get confusing and certainly warrants multiple viewings. One of the coolest time travel flicks I've seen in a long time.
This is how time travel will be discovered - more or less by accident. The characters and their conflicts and interactions are excellent and realistic. I bought the movie.
"Here's what's going to happen. I'm going to read this...and you're going to listen..."
Primer is one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. There is so much to see and think and discuss about. If it weren't for it's low popularity it would be a cult classic.
"The Permutations are endless..."
Starting off the plot is simply stunning. Roughly, it follows the story of two average joes who stumble upon the method for building a time machine. The heavy technical jargon and conversations actually give the proposed method a grounded and highly possible feel. But it's not as simple as just building a time machine. Things quickly get complicated and a highly engaging story is built. Complications worsen and your left there, mind scrambled after the first viewing. At 80-some minutes the movie is short but you'll spend more time thinking then days of daytime television. Paradoxes and clever time workarounds are both spelled out and shrouded in little clues for you to figure out after your 5th time watching. The plot is amazing and clearly an amazing effort was set out between the writer, director, and editor for the seamless cohesiveness.
"They took from their surroundings what was needed...and made of it something more."
That's because they're the same person. Shane Carruth, the genius behind Primer, wrote, directed, spent years in post-production, AND was one of two lead actors for a movie he made on $7,000, almost all of which was spent on film stock. The movie never comes off looking cheap, in fact it looks more professional than many A-list movies I've seen. Visuals look very good, from simple rooftop views, to expertly placed fades and camera moves. Every frame seems meticulously planned, and that's needed because clues to the Primer 'puzzle' are everywhere.
Acting is solid, albeit dialogue confusing at times. It relies heavily on technical talk and this gives the movie a different feel. Perhaps considered as a downfall but the talking makes you feel involved, not like just a person sitting in a movie theater. It's like your watching the action unfold for the first time, and your left to figure out as the characters are.
"And if you look, you will not find me."
Primer is something that every 'thinker' or 'Intellectual' should give a try. Unless you happen to be a college professor on Time Paradoxes, this movie will leave you wondering and pondering for many long car rides to come. Watch it with a friend, and contemplate the possibilities, but please. Give this film a try. You won't be disappointed.