Timothy Gunatilaka
April 18, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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.

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