Aaron(Shane Carruth) and Abe(David Sullivan) have an invention. They don't know what it is or what it does, but they know they have something. They find out they have a time machine that makes it possible to go back a short time in the past. The two have issues with how to use the time that they now have.
Primer is the type of movie that puts your brain into think mode. I'm actually going to watch it again just so that I can help myself piece together the amount of times the two friends use the time machine.
The camera shots are really weird in this movie. The opening scene is a shot from the ceiling angled down with a light in in the upper portion of the screen and the garage door in the background. The next scene in the kitchen/dining area has the camera on the counter top, with the edge of the counter top showing. There were other shots that just had too much showing of people's backs or other objects in the foreground that weren't vital for the scene. By no means, am I an expert as far as directing goes, but there were so many scenes that were visually bothersome and it took away from the movie-watching experience.
I did enjoy Primer and do recommend it for you time travel buffs out there. This is one of the more of how I think time travel would be treated if invented by a couple of young scientific minds. One that is eager for the science, the other eager for the results. Watch it a couple times, I'm about to.
As of first watching, I'm giving Primer 3.5 out of 5 Pile Drivers.
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This post is from one of my earlier blogs on Cinema Head Cheese and you can read more of my movie reviews there.
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