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7.2
/10
4,726 Ratings

Primer

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

Synopsis

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
While it seems to follow in the tradition of scrambled narrative popularized by Memento, it stakes out new territory in its examination of ordinary consciousness and goes further to examine the consciousness of the soul.
October 07, 2010
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The last 30 minutes of Primer are nearly impossible to fully decipher on first viewing, and probably aren’t much clearer several screenings later. This isn’t a flaw. Carruth deliberately refuses to dot i’s and cross t’s, because at a certain point, the logistical ramifications of what his characters have done spin off into infinity, if not some sort of apocalypse.
October 12, 2004
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A repeat-viewing brain twister to file along-side millennial puzzle films like Mulholland Drive and Memento, Shane Carruth’s Primer unites physics and metaphysics in an ingenious guerrilla reinvention of cinematic science fiction: Its analog-egghead approach may be the freshest thing the genre has seen since 2001.
October 04, 2004
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