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Movie Review: Primer


Alternate Title: Be Careful What You Wish For

Story: If any of the following three things appeal to you, check out this film - for everyone else - you are on your own:

a) You got a really high score on the math part of the SAT's.

b) You like to invent stuff (especially in your garage).

c) You like space-time continuum plots (I fall into this one).

Four, young, white collar semiconductor, computer geek, engineer type guys are trying to come up with an experiment in a garage that will allow them to patent their invention, become enormously wealthy and be able to change their lives. (A reasonable premise.)

Fast forward to lots of scientific talk and clever use of everyday items to build the invention. It does not take long for the plot to involve complications, deception, betrayal, paranoia, time travel and jealousy (none of those subjects needs a high score on the SAT's to enjoy).

Director, writer and actor Shane Carruth managed to produce this film for around $7000 (no, I did not leave out a '0'). It is has been selected to be shown in the following 2004 Film Festivals: Sundance, Chicago, CineVegas, Seattle, Edinburgh, Starz Denver, Vancouver, Toronto and Boston.

There are some difficult concepts to follow in the plot and I admit to not understanding all of what I was seeing and yet I remained involved and intrigued throughout. I guess I am a nerd at heart.

Acting: The acting was very natural. It felt as if we are watching a documentary about a world altering experiment in the making.

Predilection: I like sci-fi stuff and time travel is a fascinating topic.

Food: Talk of tacos and steak.

Visual Art: Art does not seem to travel well in the space time continuum.

Blatant Product Placement: U-Haul

Opening Titles: None.

Theater Audience: 12 guys and me. I guess math remains a guy thing.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 3

Drift Range: Do not drift for a second. The plot is difficult enough without one's mind a'wandering.

Squirm Scale: 2 -The time travel machine is claustrophobic.

Predictability Level: Had not a clue as to where this film was headed.

Oscar Worthy: No.

Nit Picking: There were sveral plot details that needed to be explained and were left hanging.

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine. For some other time travel films try: One of my favorite's with the late, brave, Christopher Reeve, Somewhere in Time, Back to the Future, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Quantum Leap, all of the Star Trek films, A Wrinkle in Time and Planet of the Apes.

Length: 80 minutes.

LOBO HOWLS: 6