Primer

DVD - 2005
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Primer
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Everything you think you know about modern science is about to unravel in this critically acclaimed film about two young engineers and the consequences they face when they invent a machine that enables them to travel back in time.

Publisher: [United States] : New Line Home Entertainment, [2005]
ISBN: 0780650468
Branch Call Number: DVD SciFi PRIMER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 77 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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Two young engineers build a time machine in this low budget movie, where an intricate puzzle of intersecting time lines builds to a haunting and marvelous whole.

Everything you think you know about modern science is about to unravel in this critically acclaimed film about two young engineers and the consequences they face when they invent a machine that enables them to travel back in time.

Two young engineers build a time travel machine in their garage and get caught in a web of paradoxes.


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Jan 12, 2015
  • conford98 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Much more complicated than an ordinary film, even "Inception". Be prepared to watch it a second time before understanding it, and maybe looking at a chart. This means the film isn't for everyone.
It's so complicated because time travel is involved, and the time machine is used as a central plot element, rather than how the scene is set ("We're trapped in <era>! How do we get back to the future?!?"). So, naturally, people try to use time travel against one another.
One thing that makes this film truly outstanding is that the conflict is not due to time travel (return home without causing a paradox) or a villain, but rather the tension of struggling with a new invention, and its moral implications. Highly recommended as a great sci-fi film.

Sep 04, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Confusing.

Jun 13, 2013
  • laustcawz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you like "Primer" (which I do), be aware that the man behind it, Shane Carruth, has completed his second feature (the first new one in almost a decade!), "Upstream Color", which is set to be released in April 2013. I, for one, will make sure I don't miss it! 1inthemix--saw "Upstream Color" &...well, I could go into a lengthy review, but I think I'll save that for when "U. C." makes it to DVD. Let's just say that yours was an empty promise. I'm not disappointed, but then, maybe we had different expectations.

Apr 08, 2013
  • jonathanhowells rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Cerebral sci-fi movie that requires more than one viewing to penetrate it's maze of meanings.

Feb 11, 2013
  • elidad rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considering the inexperienced, minuscule crew of five, and the absurdly low budget of $7,000 that it took to make this movie, Primer is quite an impressive feat. It's stylish, has great dialogue (though not typical at all—much of if it's intended more for realism and atmosphere than comprehensiveness), and has a really nice feel. Granted, not everyone will be able to appreciate it, as it is next to impossible to understand the first time you see it (and perhaps the next few times, too, if you're like most people), but confusion is part of the theme, and is part of what makes Primer great. It's designed to be confusing, and this in no way diminishes the beauty of the film as a piece of art and ingenuity.

Oct 28, 2012
  • noidont rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If "Inception" confused you than this movie isn't a good choice for you. It's as simple as that.

Jun 03, 2012
  • stse88 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This movie raises many questions. For example, How did this get on my list? Why did I waste my time? What the *)*_)( was I thinking of?

Apr 16, 2012
  • abysis212 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not for everyone. But personally I loved it. If you enjoy extrapolating on 'what if' questions, the inner workings of science intrigue you, and you happen to like movies like momento or inception that cause you to have to analyze the script and pose questions about reality then you are probably a good candidate to like this movie. You have to be willing to pay attention a lot and still not necessarily get it. I had a friend show it to me who had already done some research on it so he explained some of the more confusing aspects after we watched it. After thinking about it a bit I realized the movie was very well thought out. I'm looking forward to watching it again with other friends. Rubix cube is a good analogy.

PS my girlfriend feel asleep while we were watching it and I can think of at least one other friend who it would have that effect on so I know its not for everyone;)

Oct 14, 2011
  • jlazcan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a really complicated Rubix Cube of movie that you have to watch multiple times to understand. I still am not sure if I totally understand 100% of what went on and I watched it twice. It was made on a real credit card budget and the product is pretty good. If you liked "Momento" than you will probably like this movie.

Aug 15, 2011

You have to watch closely and probably view at least twice to try to figure out what happened. But it is well worthwhile to do so.
The physics has been well veted though the possiblity of time travel is still doubted.

As much as the mystery and science, the psychological aspects are even more interesting---what would you do if you knew the future and could influence it.
It reminds me of "Colossus: The Forbin Project" [Ron Howard may remake] that asks if a computer could outlaw war and solve the mysterys of science, would man still want the "freedom" to desroy itself..

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Jan 12, 2015
  • conford98 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 11, 2013
  • elidad rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 28, 2012
  • noidont rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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