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2,783 Ratings


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


Four friends and tech entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage which reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it. However, they soon discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities. Ones that could enable them to do and to have seemingly anything they want…

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Primer Directed by Shane Carruth

Critics reviews

Years and multiple viewings later, the movie seems an inexhaustible resource—and, watched again today, even more miraculous than I remembered. It stands alone, an alien monolith in the landscape, unmoored to a cinematic school or movement, oblivious to fashion or trend.
April 04, 2013
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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.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Primer

    Made for 7k by a Mathematician/Computer Programmer, and feeling like it. Bogged down in Silicon Valley/NASA techie talk that feels like it was written not by a storyteller, nor for regular joe consumption, but, well, by a Mathematician/Computer Programmer. Primer never starts to make headway for storytelling or emotion. Perhaps the scant length leaves little for development of anything but mind-boggle confusion.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Primer

    In LE VOYAGEUR IMPRUDENT, René BARJAVEL already showed the disarray of the hero, seeing his own double acting in front of himself...A perfect scientific suspense, accented by Shane CARRUTH's music score. === Le Voyageur Imprudent (BARJAVEL 1943) montrait déjà la tristesse & le désarroi de voir son propre double agir face à soi ... Un suspense scientifique, sous-tendu comme un arc par la musique de Shane CARRUTH 4,5/5

  • 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.

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