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Primer [Import]

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, Carrie Crawford
  • Directors: Shane Carruth
  • Writers: Shane Carruth
  • Producers: Shane Carruth
  • Format: Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • Release Date: April 19 2005
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0007N1JC8
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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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YES YES YES. I understand they did this movie for only $7,000, but that doesn't mean it automatically rates 5 stars. For that money they could have enticed kids from the high school drama club to come do some acting for them.

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.
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This film, made with only a several few thousand dollars budget, is superbly acted and its main idea carries the very, very complex plot for the whole film. It's not the longest movie (1hr 20 or something), but you don't notice it as being short. The DVD isn't great for things like features since it's sort of an indy movie I guess, but since its now $20, I think it's a pretty good buy just for the great quality of the movie itself! You will definetely re-watch this, if only to try and sort the plot out!
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It's impossible to hate a movie like this, even if you have to stop and rewind a lot and rewatch the movie a few times to sort out what's going on. Zounds, a real movie that makes me think, and think hard! Something that I don't think I've had to do since Memento. Or maybe even 12 Monkeys. And joy of joys, it is that rarest bird of the Hollywood jungle: a GOOD, authentic, science fiction film.

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.
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As time travel movies go, this one seems to be unlikely, but Caruth really pulls it off! If you're a fan of independant films and enjoy wrapping your head around the time travel concept, I think you'll really enjoy this. The movie is basically about two friends who build a machine that has an accidental "time travel" effect. Much of the movie involves their tampering with their machine and it explores the ramifications that result from their experiments. It seems that this movie has quite a following of fans who try to decipher what EXACTLY happens in the movie. I've seen it 3 or 4 times now, and I still haven't a clue what happens and who everybody is at any given moment. If you prefer a spoonfed plot void of complexity, this probably isn't for you. I would say it's similar to a film like Memento- a film that grips you but leaves you wondering what's happening.

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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