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Primer (2004) is arguably the best time travel, independent film ever made, based on actual science. It is mind bending and complex to comprehend. If you consider Christopher Nolan’s Memento, Interstellar and Prestige difficult to comprehend, Primer is even more challenging.

The director Shane Carruth is a flight simulation engineer turned independent filmmaker. He has probably used his technical expertise in the film as well, as the movie is loaded with technicalvocabularies, it takes separate effort to understand them first. Carruth, kind of introduced DIY ( Do It Yourself) approach. The virtue of being an independent filmmaker is to take on various roles, apart fromspearheading as director. He wrote, directed, produced, composed music, edited, designed the production and sound. The film was entirely made on a budget of 7000 USD.I deliberately don’t want to talk about the plot as its kind of open for interpretation film. On watching it,I got obsessed about the story and started diving deep into the various technical aspects for weekstogether.

I realized that I was not able to stay focused on other priorities as well. Therefore, I stopped watching Primer or at least I’m attempting to forget the film. It’s a warning. If you watch Primer, you would go into it and get lost. Do you want to?

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Shane Carruth has really proved himself as a director, as well as a writer, actor, producer, editor in both Primer and Upstream Colour. These are his movies. We dive into such a complex and well-written mind with Primer. Being maybe the most infamous of ‘confusing’ and ‘complex’ movies.
Primer is a time travel movie, following 4 dudes, Aaron (Shane Carruth), Abe (David Sullivan), Robert and Phillip, but mainly focusing on Aaron and Abe constructing their own time-travel machine.
The movie works so well as the Carruth’s idea of time-travel exists in his own movie, making it unique but also interesting and new. His own ideas of time-travel work as time-travel is not real (yet) therefore Shane uses its non-existence to his advantages, implementing points like there are two versions of you when you travel back, future and present.
The film is complex, but that’s what it’s aiming for. The script is thought out therefore makes sense (sort of) after deep analysis, thinking and research. Unfortunately, despite no errors, the movie strives on complexity and therefore doesn’t give the audience much visually with aspects like cinematography and acting.
The immense pleasure you will receive from the film stems from research and online interpretations consequently having the pleasure of realisation of certain point of the script.
Courtesy: Taste of Cinema

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