Sep 6, 2005

It Doesn't Work


Primer
Think Film (2004)
Interesting concept of time travel, but poor execution.  I respect that writer/director Shane Carruth wanted the dialogue to be scientifically accurate, but good lord, this movie has a lot of talking that maybe 1% of the audience will understand.  Mike D'Angelo put it best in his review from Esquire magazine: "anybody who claims to fully understand what's going on in Primer after seeing it just once is either a savant or a liar".  To make matters worse, the characters talk over each other for the first half of the film, so even if you do understand the science, there's a good chance you won't understand the actors.  Also, I respect the fact that this had a low budget, but it looks really bad, even for an independent flick.  It would have worked better as a novel that gets turned into a film by someone other than a first-time director.

I'm not usually a fan of remakes, but this is film practically begs for it.  I'm sure this will end up being a movie that people pretend to like more than they do so that they can try to look intelligent, but it's really just a clever idea with a dull plot built around it.