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3.6
2,590 Ratings

Primer

Directed by Shane Carruth
United States, 2004
Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Synopsis

In this psychological sci-fi thriller, two engineers make a breakthrough discovery that neither is prepared to handle…

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Primer Directed by Shane Carruth

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2004 | 2 wins including: Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic Competition)

What are people saying?

  • Nathan Hopkins's rating of the film Primer

    The story of Primer's making is already incredible: made on a shoestring budget by a Mathematician and Computer Programmer in Dallas, it's a film which throws the doors wide open on what is possible for people with good ideas. The film's impenetrable narrative is one of its most interesting aspects, and multiple views are a must. Probably the most realistic portrayal of scientific discovery I've ever seen.

  • James Cavet's rating of the film Primer

    Slow? Yes. Filled with seemingly esoteric techno babble concerning how to make time travel possible? Definitely. But I love this movie because it almost makes you believe it could happen - which is the premise: What if it really works? What would you do? The characters are realistic and the situations are interesting and thought provoking; even at their most absurd.

  • LauraPalmer's rating of the film Primer

    "The multiverse is the most widely mentioned theoretical 'time travel paradox killer' because it involves more than just one parallel universe, thus allowing for an increasingly possible world where the laws of physics are just right for time travel."

  • elenagallen's rating of the film Primer

    Overrated, pretentious, anti-climatic, boring. How can such an intriguing topic become so dull? The smart and technical dialogues only make it less digestible, the characters are as shallow as their doubles so you certainly do not care about their future nor about the resolution of the story.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Primer

    The most complex movie ever made. It would be a perfect movie if not for the technical aspects. I wish someone could remake this movie with exactly the same script, but with a higher budget. I think this cost $7,000.

  • José Neves's rating of the film Primer

    Technical science blah blah blah, in what could be a more narrative approach to the science fiction approximations made by Chris Marker, but it only happens a platitude of those premises. An accumulate of scenes filmed from various points of view with a "clever wit" extended to the actors and primary jump-cuts, ultimately resulting in an approach to Neil LaBute attributes, which is not exactly a compliment.

  • Gabe's rating of the film Primer

    This one is begging for a rewatch. The pacing is impeccable and goes to work like an accelerating metronome. Early on you get a lot of mundane details and time for things to sink in, but once it hits its stride you just get completely lost. I want to watch this one on a pausable format and write everything down to see if I can make sense of it, because rumour has it that it does actually make sense.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Primer

    Truly wonderful time travel movie. Very confusing but very satisfying. I'm gonna hold off on the 5/5 star rating and see how it holds up during a second viewing. But still, pretty impressive.