Primer is a dialogue filled movie that is unapologetic and rightfully so. With movies coming straight to DVD, this movie is the right choice for a movie enthusiast, who enjoys an intellectual challenge.
Characters wear shirts and ties, providing a sense of sophistication to the whole picture. They speak in scientific jargon, interrupting eachother as they analyze eachothers thinking. This makes a confusing picture that involves dissection.
For $7,000 this movie was made. That seems to be the magic number the media wants to throw out. But we know this was most likely made for free. The truth is, when we find out that movies of this quality were made for nothing, we start to wonder why a 50 million dollar movie can look so terrible.
We need more movies like this. Not because of the budget, but because of the level of involvement demanded by the viewer. We are living in a time where the internet is becoming more accessible, opinions more available, and information more thorough.
Movies like Lincoln are more than analyzed in a history class. Where movie-goers find fault in the historical accuracy, when a military band is playing and a clarinetist uses a modern Boehm-fingering clarinet which wasn’t developed until the 1930s. Primer is for the movie analyst community.
This movie doesn’t try to follow a model, it defines one. I respect that, like George Lucas’s THX 1138. In a world where the internet can fill in the gaps, a jargon based film can survive.
This is for the movie enthusiast who is interested in an intellectual challenge. I give it
A rating of:
“See it if you dare”