Primer

Film , Science fiction
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Thinking inside the box: in an American garage, two jargon-jawing techies are working away on something mysterious and potentially revolutionary. It’s best to go into this brain-bending debut without knowing much more, so we’ll just tell you that Carruth, a former engineer with little prior filmmaking experience, shot this audacious time-travel mindfucker on Super 16 for some $7,000, and the thrilling, rough-hewn result provokes extreme love-it-or-hate-it reactions – it’s temporally gnarled, ethically engaged, and altogether batty, and it amply rewards patience, engagement, and repeat viewings.

Release details

Release date: Friday August 19 2005
Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Shane Carruth
Screenwriter: Shane Carruth
Cast: Shane Carruth
David Sullivan
Casey Gooden
Anand Upadhyaya
Carrie Crawford
Jay Butler
John Carruth

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5 / 5

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Guy Parsons
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If you want a job done properly, do it yourself. That's Shane Carruth's idea, seeing as he wrote, directed, edited, starred in, and even scored (he had to teach himself music) this incredible, riddle-like sci-fi thriller. On first viewing it seems like an unknowably complicated movie that descends into "oh and we'll never know what REALLY happened territory." Some Googling and another few re-watches later, it all starts to make slightly more sense, although the clues and multiple timelines are still infuriaritingly complex. Really a tiny little masterpiece.

fallegirl

"...this film imagines its viewers to be smart, possessed of a decent attention span and game for a challenge. It doesn’t happen all that often." This doesn't make it a bad movie; rather it makes most viewers a bad audience. Too many movies cater to the lowest common denominator. I for one am thanful this movie does not.

fallegirl

"...this film imagines its viewers to be smart, possessed of a decent attention span and game for a challenge. It doesn’t happen all that often." This doesn't make it a bad movie; rather it makes most viewers a bad audience. Too many movies cater to the lowest common denominator. I for one am thanful this movie does not.