Primer – 2004

Having watched Primer a few times, I feel confident enough to say that I still don’t fully understand it, and I’m not sure that I ever will. The complexities of this film are astronomical and the way that it is structured leaves so many unanswerable questions that it isn’t even worth trying. Shane Carruth weaves the narrative so complexly that it doesn’t seem like it should work, but every second matches perfectly and ties the film into a nice neat little bow. My one criticism isn’t even about the complicated nature of the film, but more the pacing, with most of the film spent on set-up, it doesn’t feel like there is really enough time to address that true ramifications of time travel, but then again, that might be the point.

Time travel is always fun, but this one adds a new level with challenging complexities and intriguing drama.

This film is like watching an explosion in slow motion, and the last few minutes are the most important, but for its ambition I give it…

4 out of 5


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