Primer

Primer

Book - 2005
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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: 9780780650466
0780650468
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE Primer
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 77 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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nparrish
Sep 13, 2016

Ever wonder what would happen if a couple 4-year olds wrote a movie with cardboard boxes for props? Here you go!
This has it all: Fake science double-talk, gay tension, no budget...basically a long U-Haul ad with no understandable point. The female parts could have been played by mannequins. I don't think anyone who actually studies engineering will be impressed.

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conford98
Jan 12, 2015

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.

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rslade
Sep 04, 2013

Confusing.

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Calvacade
Apr 08, 2013

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

laustcawz Feb 12, 2013

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.

elidad Feb 11, 2013

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.

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noidont
Oct 28, 2012

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

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stse88
Jun 03, 2012

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?

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abysis212
Apr 16, 2012

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;)

jlazcan Oct 14, 2011

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.

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