Primer is a movie that is really hard to review. First, because I don’t want to spoil it for those who are actually interested in watching it. Secondly, because it took over 30 minutes before I began to understand what was going on. By the end I still only had the vaguest of understanding, but at least I enjoyed it.
So the movie is about these four friends who are working to create their own business of making error checking devices (had to look that up because I was overwhelmed with the technical talk). Somewhere along the way Aaron (Shane Carruth, also writer and director) and Abe (David Sullivan) discover that through an accident while trying to improve the product they have created a sort of mini time machine. Okay that part is a bit of a spoiler but unless you are a tech head you are going to want to turn this off ten minutes in. This is the reason to keep going. Aaron and Abe keep this away from the rest of the business partners and start working in secret on it.
There is a lot of things that go on later that makes this a twisted and interesting movie but I’m not going to even begin to try and describe. I’ve watched intellectually challenging movies before but the way this is written it is very intimidating making you question your understanding of even the most basic parts.
It’s a decent movie but I don’t think it will ever have mass appeal. I’m not saying it needs to be dumbed down I just think there needs to be a better balance between technical jargon and actual plot. It does a better job at it toward the end. It would’ve helped if the acting was a bit less flat. Much like when they are reciting minutes of technical jargon, things seemed to drone on a parts and it was easy to tune out dialogue, which was not a good thing.