What happens if it actually works?
Friends/fledgling entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage that reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it, but 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.
Still don't get it.
Hold on. Who dropped my rating half a star?
Because you get mad that you're too stupid to understand it when you rewatch it again. You vent your anger on this innocent film's rating.
Yeah, that sounds like me....
I'm such a twat sometimes.
Nah, I already will have some.
"OK, here we go, keep your thinking cap on, Chris, we'll need to concentrate on this one."
"I'm right there with you, brain. Let's go."
"Brain, this is really easy to follow. We're so smart."
"You're right there, Chris. For a reward, I'm going to think of our favourite foods for a second. First up, pizza, then..."
"Wow! What the hell was that!? Chris, what was that?"
"Am... I think the guy just explained what was going on."
"That was quick. Don't worry, he might explain it again. Let's concentrate. Wait, why is all that writing on the screen?"
"That writing is called 'the end credits', brain."
"Ah, never mind. Pizza?"
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
To review this film fairly is to take into account its minuscule budget. Shot for only $7,000 and with a crew of only 6 people, who doubled up as part of the cast as well, 'Primer' is one of the best examples of low-budget filmmaking I have seen.
Most deserving of praise is writer, director, actor and almost everything else Shane Carruth, who has created an incredibly unique example of science-fiction. The sci-fi genre is usually restricted to those who can afford to make something grandiose, and so the low-budget forced Carruth to create something unlike any other film I've seen. Whereas in most blockbuster sci-fi the plot can been seen as a means to the end of spectacular special-effects,…
It's being narrated by the third iteration, who is speculating on what the fourth iteration did after he left ... right? I had it last night, but I was drunk.
Having just written about Tarantino commenting on acting in Reservior Dogs, I couldn't help but connect the startup business of the characters with low budget independent film making. Every time a character suggests purchasing something at Walmart or tearing apart something in the house to use for their experiments, I thought of the cost cutting measures that Shane Carruth must have taken in order to get this film made. Amazingly, another early film by a filmmaker where something that drives the plot is also a commentary on the film making process itself.
The grain of the digital camera is a bit worse than I remember, probably because digital photography has come such a long way. Upstream Color was a visual…
Scene where they see themselves in the past is one of my favorite in cinema history. Incredibly deep and realistic for such a fantastic concept.
Maybe I'll never know exactly why I think this movie is so damn good. It's also quite possible that I will never even be able to completely wrap my head around the exact progression of events that the movie depicts.
It really doesn't matter if you understand it or not though. I was kind of in love with Primer even before I started scouring the internet for clues and explanations for the plot. It just creeps into your brain and doesn't let go.
Excellent, Independent, Time Travel film. Really shows what great things you can accomplish even with a tiny budget. I enjoyed it much, much more than Upstream Color.
I was excited to watch Primer, since it has such a rabid cult following and I know it's supposed to be a movie that rewards many, many viewings. Unfortunately, my one viewing was a bit of a chore, and I don't find the puzzle interesting enough to to try and piece it together on my own. There is a kernel of an interesting idea in here, but it's completely buried by bland, indistinguishable characters and dreadfully dull dialogue. The movie also tries to explore the deterioration of the friendship of the two protagonists, but neither of them were fully realized enough for me to have any emotional reaction whatsoever.
Re-watched in preparation for seeing Upstream Colour soon (hopefully). Remains one of my favourite science fiction films. After 4 viewings I don't think I'm much closer to understanding the mechanics of the plot but I always enjoy experiencing that grainy, florescent-lit confusion.
Need to watch this again.
I thoroughly enjoyed being completely confused by the time travel concepts in this film. As soon as my head stops spinning, I am going to give this one another run through. I have no plans on figuring it all out on the next viewing, but I may pick up on a few clues here and there, and that will satisfy me, until I watch it again :)
It can get hard to follow at times, in fact after I was done I actually considered watching parts of it again, but in the end decided it would better to fully watch it again in a few months, part of me loved part of me is still confused, only time will tell which part will win out.