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Old May 29 2012, 12:33 AM   #1
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Primer, the best SF movie you've never seen?

Primer is not from a studio, it hada very small-scale release and it's a $7000 budget movie, but it just may be one of the best treatments of time travel I have ever seen! There is almost no exposition, the science is not "dumbed down", and the dialogue is naturalistic...be warned, it isn't that easy to follow, but it's well worth a look at a relatively short running time of 77 minutes.

Spoilers! There is a guide on Wikipedia, but watch the movie first!

http://www.amazon.com/Primer-Shane-C...8248002&sr=1-1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primer_%28film%29

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Old May 29 2012, 12:35 AM   #2
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Re: Primer, the best SF movie you've never seen?

I've seen it -- multiple times, in fact. It's a great, if convoluted, little movie. The chart available on Wikipedia is a nice aid in keeping everything straight.

Shane Carruth has been working on another independent sf project called A Topiary for the past few years (there's even a domain name registered for it), but he hasn't been able to get it off the ground...yet.
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Old May 29 2012, 12:37 AM   #3
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Re: Primer, the best SF movie you've never seen?

Saw it, loved it, brain got fried trying to figure out the temporal shenanigans. Great movie.

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Old May 29 2012, 01:16 AM   #4
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Re: Primer, the best SF movie you've never seen?

It's about 7000 times more interesting than Men in Black III.
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Old May 29 2012, 01:32 AM   #5
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Re: Primer, the best SF movie you've never seen?

I heard all the praise for the movie, so I watched it, and I didn't much care for it. Sure, its treatment of time travel is interesting, though not nearly as plausible as it's touted to be (don't ask me for specifics, since I only saw the movie once), but the story didn't do much for me. It just sort of seemed to stop abruptly and not have much of a resolution.
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Old May 29 2012, 02:08 AM   #6
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Re: Primer, the best SF movie you've never seen?

This is one of my favorite movies, I recorded on my DVR and I have never deleted it off it. I have watched it multiple times, never get enough of it.
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Old May 29 2012, 02:10 AM   #7
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I have it recorded but haven't watched it yet...
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Old May 29 2012, 02:13 AM   #8
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Re: Primer, the best SF movie you've never seen?

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I heard all the praise for the movie, so I watched it, and I didn't much care for it. Sure, its treatment of time travel is interesting, though not nearly as plausible as it's touted to be (don't ask me for specifics, since I only saw the movie once), but the story didn't do much for me. It just sort of seemed to stop abruptly and not have much of a resolution.
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Old May 29 2012, 02:15 AM   #9
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It is a must see for indie movie, science fiction and time travel story fans. Truly a gem.
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Old May 29 2012, 06:55 PM   #10
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The story didn't do much for me. I was dissappointed. I like complex plots, but this didn't live up to the hype.

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Old May 29 2012, 07:19 PM   #11
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Shane Carruth has been working on another independent sf project called A Topiary for the past few years (there's even a domain name registered for it), but he hasn't been able to get it off the ground...yet.
see this thread. A Topiary which is
In preproduction now. it is projected for release in 2013.
His next film he wrote and directed: Upstream Color
comes out first apparently. no dates or anything i can find.
described as a romantic dramatic thriller (a "rom-dram-iller" ?) and was written by Carruth himself who will also direct. Ben LeClair (Nacho Libre, Gentlemen Broncos, Year of the Dog) will produce. Like Primer, the film will also be shot in and around Dallas with production beginning in November and going till the end of January [2012]
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I loved Primer. I saw it at the cinema. I have the DVD. Multiple viewings with the commentary are fun. On about the 5th viewing I understood things differently.
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Old May 29 2012, 07:37 PM   #12
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Re: Primer, the best SF movie you've never seen?

Yeah, Primer was cool.
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Old May 29 2012, 07:40 PM   #13
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Re: Primer, the best SF movie you've never seen?

It was pretty good, although the story is more of a puzzle than an actual story. There were also some elements that just weren't elaborated on at all, like the deterioration of their handwriting. I get that the point wasn't to explain everything, but it still could've been tied up a bit better by the end. As it is, it sort of just stops, hinting at bigger things happening in the future.

Still better than most of what comes out of Hollywood, mind you.
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Old May 29 2012, 08:06 PM   #14
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Re: Primer, the best SF movie you've never seen?

It was a hell of a lot better than Timecrimes, at least. Has anyone else had the misfortune of seeing that POS?
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Old May 29 2012, 09:49 PM   #15
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No love for Timecrimes? I thought it was a smart little time travel thriller that actually made sense in the end.

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There were also some elements that just weren't elaborated on at all, like the deterioration of their handwriting.
I thought the idea was that they were physically deteriorating as the result of multiple trips in the box (which also led to nose bleeds).
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