Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Primer

Posted on

Primer

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
78 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/08/04
performer:
Jay Butler, Shane Carruth, Casey Gooden, Keith Bradshaw, Ashley Warren
director:
Shane Carruth
author:
Shane Carruth
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

Two yuppie techno-geeks dismantle household appliances in a garage and, in doing so, invent a time machine. But their friendship doesn’t stand the test of, well, time in writer-director-actor Carruth’s cerebral thriller. With its Kubrickian cool detachment, the puzzler demands patience from even the most science-savvy viewer. Yet its profound understanding of power’s corruption transcends the more immediate perplexities. EXTRAS In the commentary, the cast and crew express the brotherly love inherent in this shoestring production. Carruth’s chat hits the sci-fi nitty-gritty, but the filmmaker virtually refuses to hold our hands in the dark. It seems the key to unlocking Primer is abandoning any attempt to solve the cinematic Rubik’s Cube, and simply reveling in the inspired indie filmmaking.

Comments