Primer ★★½

Time-travel movies have it tougher than most other sci-fi subgenres, as they require more diligence than usual to establish narrative credibility. Primer is, with only a few nagging minor questions, a model of narrative planning (as can be seen in these fan attempts to chart its complicated plot). All time-travel movies are essentially the same regarding their basic ideas, however, and what really distinguishes the best of them is how they integrate technical inventiveness into an engaging story with empathetic characters whose conflicts within the chaos are meaningfully felt and understood, and this is where Primer fails.


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