#37: Primer

November 1, 2009

primerSo what’s it about?: A couple of friends unlock the secret to time travel in their garage.  As they experiment with new found technology, chaos ensues.

The Good: If Time Traveler’s Wife is the stupidest film about time travel, then Primer is hands down the smartest.  This was the first film that actually made me feel time travel is possible.  The script is undoubtedly genius.

The Bad: This film is a low budget indie film, and it shows.  The acting is lacking.  The camera shots are in the vein of we-have-to-make-this-interesting-so-let’s-chose-the-weirdest-angle-possible.  And the story gets to be a little confusing at times, and in places it shouldn’t be.  The characters just all begin to run together to where it becomes a major detriment.  In the end, though, this seemed like a really smart film student project.  And maybe that’s all it was.  But it really could have been a lot more.

The Verdict: I usually don’t like remakes, but this story is ripe for the taking.  Should a studio pick it up and do it right, this movie could be fan-freaking-tastic.  In the meantime, I still recommend the film for the story alone, because it’s really, really good.

One comment

  1. I highly recommend you watch it again. Not because I think you missed the point, but because this is a movie that requires multiple viewings. I’ve seen this four times, and the first time was this summer. Each viewing you pick up more clues and hints on what is actually happening, and everything comes into focus. It’s worth it, and you’ll appreciate it more.

    And a little note: they filmed this in a week (maybe 2?) but it took five years to complete from start to finish. It’s also the only film the director, Shane Carruth–who played Aaron–made. Apparently he has a kick-ass sci-fi script written, so let us hope it gets made. I really want to see what this guy can do with a full crew and budget!

    Also, out of curiosity, do you have the film you’re watching already planned out, or are you just winging it?

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