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Primer (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 27 May 2005 (Spain)
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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Shane Carruth

Writer:

Shane Carruth
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shane Carruth ... Aaron
David Sullivan ... Abe
Casey Gooden ... Robert
Anand Upadhyaya ... Phillip
Carrie Crawford Carrie Crawford ... Kara
Jay Butler Jay Butler ... Metalshop Worker
John Carruth John Carruth ... Man On Couch #1
Juan Tapia Juan Tapia ... Man On Couch #2
Ashley Warren Ashley Warren ... Hostess
Samantha Thomson ... Rachel Granger
Chip Carruth Chip Carruth ... Thomas Granger
Delaney Price Delaney Price ... Laney
Jack Pyland Jack Pyland ... Aaron's Co-worker
Keith Bradshaw Keith Bradshaw ... Clean Room Technician
Ashok Upadhyaya Ashok Upadhyaya ... Laboratory Technician
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Storyline

Engineers Aaron, Abe, Robert and Phillip are working on an invention, the prototype being built in Aaron's garage. This project is beyond their day jobs. The project truly does belong to Aaron and Abe, as they use all their free time working on it, primarily trying to overcome the many engineering related problems they've encountered. It is during one of his tests with the invention running that Abe discovers that a protein inside the main unit has multiplied much more rapidly than it could in nature. Rather than the invention being a protein super incubator, Abe, using himself as a guinea pig, and a very meticulous one at that, discovers that the invention can be used as a time machine. In his self experiment, Abe was especially careful not to interfere with his own self in that time warp. Abe passes along this discovery to Aaron, who he expects will tell his wife Kara in what is the sanctity of their marriage, but he doesn't want to tell either Robert or Phillip. Much to Abe's ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One scene that did not make the final cut showed that Abe was diabetic. The shot, which showed him taking time out of a conversation because he needed to give himself an insulin injection, was intended to establish that the circumstances of Abe's life have taught him to be careful and methodical. See more »

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Boom shadow is visible on the truck door when Abe and Aaron are at the gas station. See more »

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[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.
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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, ...
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Thanks to Scott Douglass for having the faith to invest in the final stages of marketing and post production See more »

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24 April 2020 | by zerodeaths434See all my reviews

I was going to rate it 1 or 2 stars after watching the movie. Then I watched a 50-min explanation video on YouTube (and trust me, you're going to need an explanation for this movie) . I was amazed. There are various alternate timelines in this movie which makes it confusing . Moreover the director makes no attempt to segregate these timelines for the ease of the viewer. People say it is the most realistic time travel film and I agree. I mean if time travel really existed then it would probably exist like the way portrayed in the movie. However, if the director made the interpretation of this movie simpler by color-coding, or by mentioning the date each event took place then I would have rated it much higher. Don't get me wrong, I love movies which challenges the viewer's thinking ability, however in this case it is done to the extreme. I don't want all information to be spoon-fed to me but I also don't want it to be as confusing as this movie was.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,162, 10 October 2004

Gross USA:

$424,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$545,436
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ERBP See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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