Sunday, August 28, 2011


When I finished watching Primer, I couldn't even hope to understand what I had just saw. Being the typical person who wanted to understand it, I read it on wikipedia, and am watching it a second time while I write this now. The basis of this movie is that four guys make a box, it started out by growing enough bacteria of some sort in 5 days that professional labs can grow in 6 years. I'm not entirely sure how, but they learn that when they go into the box, a double of them leaves the box. Since they are in the box, they control the double. What they have done, is go back for a certain amount of time, and be the double to get a more desirable outcome then what originally happened.
 They've pretty much gone and done this a bunch of times, and as their understanding of the box grows, they venture out to change more.

That's really all I can think of saying without actually ruining anything. If anyone in the comments has more to add, feel free to do so.

That being said, I thought it was a very good movie despite my somewhat lack of understanding. The fact that it was made on an under 10,000 budget adds to this, and I do think anyone who hasn't yet should see it


  1. "anybody who claims he fully understands what's going on in Primer after seeing it just once is either a savant or a liar."

    Okay, that wikipedia quote made me laugh.
    So this is the live-action indie equivalent of Evangelion, then!

  2. reminds me of inception a little from your post, gonna have to see if it's on netflix sometime today.

  3. Wow. Sounds like a really melty movie. I'll have to check it out at some point in the future. It's very impressive to make what someone would find a decent movie under only a 10,000 dollar budget.

  4. I watched this movie a few months ago, it was so hard to understand, and the fact only a 10000$ budget was used is really impressive