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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--the creation of Abe and Aaron's own doubles, wreaking havoc in the timeline--eventually preoccupies them with repairing altered realities. 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There is an inventor's group of 4 guys who get together and bounce ideas off of each other. They are discussing Tesla coils and coming up with a new economic way to reduce temperatures. Two of the four create a small device in their garage. They place an object in the device and slightly weird things happen such as the object weighs less, and the machine can run by itself for short periods of time without power. The object suddenly has a fungus growth on it. They take it to a lab and find out that it is 30 days worth of growth. How could that be? They then place their watch in the device and discover they have a time machine. Yes, they accidentally created a time machine in their garage which violates all the laws of physics the movie was so careful not to cross.
They make a larger time machine, big enough for a person. They are at first careful not to come in contact with anything or anyone which might alter the future, most likely an idea the got from watching too many science fiction movies. As time goes by, they get bolder on their interactions and they also use the stock market to their advantage. Due to the low budget aspect of the movie, you never see them spend that wealth, or for that matter change their shirt and tie.
If you thought the acting was bad and stiff in "2001: A Space Odyssey", wait until you take a gander at this movie. This movie appears to have been written by Omni magazine fans, who also decided to star and direct their own movie, having never done one before.Read more ›
Oh sure, you may say, there's tons of SF out there. You, sir, are wrong. I do not refer to the fantasy drivel with physics and biology from an alternate universe that lets you go "vroom" in space and change people's identity by injecting with them a syringe of someone else's DNA.
Better still, this movie is a shining example of how to make a film with no real budget. It should be held forth as a beacon to all those disenfranchised film students who think they have to either have millions of dollars and connections to make a film... or else they have to make something mind-numbingly artsy and incomprehensible like Wavelength. Yes Michael Snow, I will never get that 45 minutes of my life back.
Long story short, if you like real SF, if you like to think, if you are keen on movies with real stories, or if you want to be inspired by someone who can make a movie for practically nothing, this is worth the watch... though you'll probably have to watch it twice.
Also, as a sidenote- this film has an R rating on the cover, but it's completely void of sex and language with only brief moments of violence- I suppose it's some kind of weird misprint.
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This product was shipped to me quickly and exactly as it was described. The disc was in excellent condition and the movie played perfectly without any skipping or audio issues. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2012 by jellison