Movie: “Primer”

So, tonight I finally watched “Primer,” which has been in my Netflix instant-view queue for a long time.

Short version: Two engineers working on a hobby project in their garage accidentally invent a time machine. All hell breaks loose.

Long version: I don’t even know where to begin. This movie was fun and challenging and quite nearly impenetrable; even reading a bunch of stuff about the movie afterward (including a 17-page examination on the film written by a master’s student somewhere) only marginally helped clarify what I’d seen. I first heard of this movie on some random blog post listing the “10 greatest mindfuck movies of all time,” and “Primer” most certainly fits the bill.

“Primer” certainly isn’t a mass-audience movie by any stretch of the imagination, but if you enjoy challenging films that require your undivided attention, and are even a little bit curious about how traveling through time might actually play itself out, I think there’s a lot to like about this movie.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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