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Primer -- Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.

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Release Date:
27 May 2005 (Spain) See more »
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Tagline:
If you always want what you can't have, what do you want when you can have anything? See more »
Plot:
Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Worth watching, worth seeing, it doesn't please all See more (337 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shane Carruth ... Aaron

David Sullivan ... Abe

Casey Gooden ... Robert

Anand Upadhyaya ... Phillip
Carrie Crawford ... Kara
Jay Butler ... Metalshop Worker
John Carruth ... Man On Couch #1
Juan Tapia ... Man On Couch #2
Ashley Warren ... Hostess

Samantha Thomson ... Rachel Granger
Chip Carruth ... Thomas Granger
Delaney Price ... Laney
Jack Pyland ... Aaron's Co-worker
Keith Bradshaw ... Clean Room Technician
Ashok Upadhyaya ... Laboratory Technician
Brandon Blagg ... Will
Jon Cook ... Will's Cousin
David Joyner ... Rachel's Date
Eric De Soualhat ... Translator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin Lucero Less ... Seth (uncredited)

Directed by
Shane Carruth 
 
Writing credits
Shane Carruth 

Produced by
Shane Carruth .... producer
 
Original Music by
Shane Carruth 
 
Cinematography by
Troy Dick (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Shane Carruth 
 
Casting by
Shane Carruth 
 
Production Design by
Shane Carruth 
 
Sound Department
Shane Carruth .... sound designer
Reggie Evans .... location sound
David Ho .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Bueche .... camera operator
James Russell .... assistant camera
Anand Upadhyaya .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Omar Godinez .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chip Carruth .... caterer
Kathy Carruth .... caterer
David Sullivan .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Scott Douglass .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated PG-13 for brief language
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77 min
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Trivia:
Shane Carruth stated that at most an 80-minute movie could be made from the footage; the film ended up being 78 minutes long. He stated that the shooting ratio was 2:1.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Abe is about to reveal to Aaron how the time manipulator works, they are standing in front of the white truck. The four-way hazard blinkers are blinking, then the camera cuts to another one. At that point, the blinkers are off. Then they are on again with the third camera change.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Aaron:[Sound of a phone ringing. Aaron, voiceover:] Here's what's going to happen. I'm gonna read this, and you're gonna listen, and you're gonna stay on the line. And you're not gonna interrupt, and you're not gonna speak for any reason. Some of this you know. I'm gonna start at the top of the page.
[pause]
Aaron:Meticulous, yes. Methodical, educated; they were these things. Nothing extreme. Like anyone, they varied. There were days of mistakes and laziness and in-fighting, and there were days, good days, when by anyone's judgment they would have to be considered clever. No one would say that what they were doing was complicated. It wouldn't even be considered new, except for maybe in the geological sense. They took from their surroundings what was needed and made of it something more.
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Where did the title come from?
Why does Aaron say that the boxes are "one time use only," when they use them day after day?
How did Mr. Granger know about the time machine?
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68 out of 108 people found the following review useful.
Worth watching, worth seeing, it doesn't please all, 14 July 2005
Author: siderite from Romania

Yes, there is a chance that you will NOT like this movie. That's because it is not a movie made for the majority of paying cinema goers, but it is a movie made for the sake of movie making. It is an ORIGINAL movie, so if you want something that you are used to see and expect beginning and ending in a specific way don't go watching this one.

Now, about the movie: it is low budget, but the money was well spent. The plot is confusing, but good, and it does need you to watch the last 30 minutes again in order to be understood. The acting is good, even if the roles are nothing demanding. The idea is very interesting and makes you think "outside the box" :) You will see what I mean after you watch the movie.

I won't waste your time telling you what it is about, just watch it and if you don't like it, at least you will have gained another perspective on movie making. For me this is a keeper: burn, CD, burn!

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Primer is not complicated, it's obfuscated. (and good) Tim851
Similar filming style vgnomad
Think the problem was not its premise but the way it was filmed. blazetariq
About Thomas' time travelling and the possibility of a sequel fiveperfectexertions
What were they originally trying to build? usernameryanf
Time travel sketch! Srirachachau
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