Primer (2004) 3.43/5 (2)


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Rating: The Good – 89.7
Genre: Science Fiction
Duration: 77 mins
Director: Shane Carruth
Stars: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden

Two engineers who spend their evenings attempting to produce a sleeker error-checking system which they intend to brand and market themselves stumble upon a side effect which they elucidate in a sequence of experiments and theoretically between themselves. Any attempt to further summarise this film’s story will only serve to take away from the intellectual punch to the face it so remarkably delivers. So suffice to say that if you love thoughtful brains-over-budget sci-fi, then this film will leave your jaw on the floor. The production value is low as writer, director, and lead star Shane Carruth literally taught himself how to make films while shooting this feature but its raw look only serves to enhance the power of this landmark project by strongly reverberating with what the characters are doing. Don’t be fooled by the ‘insecurity brigade’ out there who denounce this film as nonsense simply because they haven’t got the patience (or brains) to understand it. It does make sense (really) but it will take between two and four viewings combined with some extensive rewinding and hard reflection. However, with every scene you learn something new and are flabbergasted at the cleverness of each revelation. And when it finally comes together, it feels like you’ve completed your first marathon. Do Not Miss!

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