Primer is set in the industrial park/suburban tract-home fringes of an unnamed contemporary city where two young engineers, Abe and Aaron, are members of a small group of men who work by day for a large corporation while conducting extracurricular experiments on their own time in a garage. While tweaking their current project, a device that reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it by blocking gravitational pull, they accidentally discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities - ones that could enable them to do and to have seemingly anything they want. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity is the first challenge they face. Dealing with the consequences is the next.
Wow - what a brilliant, complex and confusing film! I liked it very much, but I needed a little help and to watch it twice, and I mean to watch it yet again - it really is that good.
'Primer' is a film about time travel. Don't laugh - and don't expect a Hollywood blockbuster with lots of special effects. 'Primer' isn't like that at all. It deals with the paradoxes that arise through time travel, and the possibility that multiple versions of a person may therefore coexist, and what might happen when these different versions of a person interact with each other.
'Primer' is clearly a low budget film, with two central characters and a lot of talking. You will need to concentrate very carefully to pick up the clues as to what is happening - but it really is worthwhile spending the effort. At first you will be confused, but once you 'get it', you will realise what a deep and thought-provoking story you have seen.
It may help your understanding to read the FAQ about the film on IMDB, and follow the links to read one of the detailed explanations.
'Primer' is very, very clever indeed. 5/5 stars. Highly recommended.
Thinking persons Back To The Future
- Primer review by AT
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Excellent film done on a low budget. You're never really sure what the plot is until close to the end but you keep guessing and guessing, and you're always wrong! A low budget film though so the audio is bareably audible in key parts so watch with the subtitles on!
The direction is clearly unclear. Characters speak at the same time, quickly and indiciferably. This adds to the intensity of the film but does mean that, particularly with the American dialects, you have to put on sub-titles. The plot is never laid out plainly making a clever plot unfathomable, it didn't need to be so obtuse, it is pretty hard going at its core. Otherwise good in all important ways.