For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.
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
In order to cut costs, Shane Carruth did mostly single takes of shots, and filmed on 16mm stock. This was then transferred to mini-digital video film which he could edit on his PC. This caused some unforeseen problems: the editing software couldn't handle the sound properly, and two months of editing were needed just to synchronize the audio to the video. The biggest problem, however, was the relative lack of footage, which made made it difficult to work around continuity errors and technical problems because there often wasn't an alternate take that could be used. See more »
During numerous takes the director, Shane Carruth, mutters
"cut" under his breath. According to the DVD commentary, this is due to their extremely low budget which did not allow them to "waste" film. Carruth notes that a total of 80 minutes of usable footage was shot; the final film is 78 minutes. See more »
[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.
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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For those who don't want movies to do their thinking for them.
An extremely intriguing and initially confusing tale of causality and human failings, Primer made me think of a much more technically minded Donnie Darko--and the temporal contortions are about ten times more complicated. This movie is obviously not for the casual viewer who sees movies as a strictly one-way experience. Primer requires a willingness to engage it as it conveys a carefully constructed puzzle of events that are not necessarily chronological. And it requires the audience to make the necessary leaps of intuition and deduction to put that puzzle together. It probably doesn't help that the language and tone of the movie is extremely technical, filmed and directed to capture the true-to-life mannerisms and speech of two college physics graduate students. But if you can grasp the premise presented in the introduction, you should be able to follow the movie up until the point where it leaves you in the dust near the end, wondering, as Abe, "How?". You realize that what you have seen is significant, but the full scope of it eludes you. And that makes the subsequent re-watching and investigation and ultimate realization of the true nature of the puzzle all the more rewarding.
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