So, just to start this review off on a confession, I have no idea what in the hell happened in this movie. It was too damned smart and big-worded for me that the whole time I felt like a 10-year-old kid being told how quantum physics works while describing complex mathematical equations. In other words, this made me feel like an idiot, but I'll see what I CAN derive from it and try to give it a fair review.
We meet a team of scientists who are working on something complex and they accidentally discover what they believe to be time travel. One of them tests out the theory, going back six hours, and it turns into a paradoxical movie about the effects of time travel, but admittedly done in relatively original ways.
The thing is, this is to time travel movies what something like 'Act of Valor' is to military movies. It feels incredibly realistic, but to a fault, where it becomes hard to follow. Joe Popcorn may not quite understand all of the terminology or necessarily even what's going on at certain points. 'Primer' is LOADED with dialogue that is jam packed with science terminology to such an extent that I couldn't tell if these dudes were real-life scientists, or they were just saying words because they sounded intelligent.
It's all so incredibly confusing, and I mean, call me an idiot, but I couldn't follow it for shit. Hell, here's the Wiki write-up about it. It'll be able to either explain it better, or confuse you further, but this movie is so far over my head, it's up there with the next flight to Florida.
I can't be incredibly harsh on it, however, as it's just an innocent independent film, clearly out there to be a smart time travel movie. The good news is that (for now) it can be found in it's entirety for free on YouTube, so access to it is easy. Just be prepared to pay close attention to it, because it totally lost me in certain areas just 'cause I looked out my window for two seconds or something.
Where the film hurts itself is, again, in the complicated dialogue. It's doing a fine enough job at making time travel look like it could go down realistically. But the problem is, it's boring as hell. It's essentially all talking and trying to figure stuff out while the only thing I'm stuck trying to figure out is how in the hell these guys memorized their lines of dialogue.
It's not something I'd just recommend to people, even as a unique time travel movie. But if you are curious to see something more cerebral in time travel and don't mind the watching-paint-dry dialogue, head on over to YouTube and look it up. It does boast a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes, so I do end up in the minority here, but I just found it to be a solid hour and a half of my brain turning into a rock.
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