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Wednesday, November 28, 2012


This week's movie was Primer ....

a 2004 American science fiction drama film about the accidental discovery of a means of time travel .... Primer is of note for its extremely low budget, experimental plot structure, philosophical implications, and complex technical dialogue .... The film collected the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2004 before securing a limited release in US cinemas, and has since gained a cult following.

A couple of young engineers work in their free time on various projects, stumbling upon a method of time-travel by accident. The movie is purposely undramatic/realistic almost to the point of incomprehensibility meets boredom .... as I watched, I should have been thinking, "this is so mundane that the time-travel aspect is made even more shockingly real!" but instead I was thinking, "do these guys really wear slacks, ties, white shirts 100% of the time?" ;)

But I shouldn't joke - it *was* refreshing to see a time-travel movie that didn't incorporate DeLoreans, Terminators, or Red Matter. And the interesting thing was the thing that's always interesting: how that time traveling affects the characters' lives. Roger Ebert liked the movie, giving it 3.5 stars out of 4 in his review, and he wrote ...

The movie delights me with its cocky confidence that the audience can keep up. "Primer" is a film for nerds, geeks, brainiacs, Academic Decathlon winners, programmers, philosophers and the kinds of people who have made it this far into the review. It will surely be hated by those who "go to the movies to be entertained," and embraced and debated by others, who will find it entertains the parts the others do not reach. It is maddening, fascinating and completely successful.

Here's a trailer ...


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