Of course you’ve seen El Mariachi and know of Robert Rodriguez. If you are a hardcore buff, you may even have read Rodriguez’ book ‘Rebel Without a Crew’. But trust us when we tell you – you really haven’t seen anything… until you have seen Primer.
Here’s a name you will remember for a long, long time after you’ve seen experienced Primer – Shane Carruth. The Mathematics graduate-turned-indie filmmaker, Carruth went one up on Rodriguez on his debut venture, by starring in and composing the music of Primer too, apart from, of course, writing, directing, producing and editing the film himself.
A film enthusiast would either have to be delusion and severely overconfident if he takes on all these roles – or he would have to know *exactly* what he was doing. Fortunately for film buffs the world over, Carruth did know what he was doing – and HOW!
To say that Primer is a complex film would be like saying Guy Ritchie just about knows style. …Oh yes, Primer is MINDBOGGLINGLY COMPLEX. A film about four friends who accidentally discover time travel, the film takes Chaos Theory and the Butterfly Effect, repeatedly jumps on them, kicks them where it hurts, plays with them and then points at them and laughs its ass off – at how ‘simplistic’ they are! Yup, to say Shane Carruth is a genius would be like saying Guy Ritchie can just about direct. …Oh yes, Shane Carruth is a sci fi GOD.
The concept of time travel in Primer is so mind-bendingly awesome that it will be a while before you sleep after watching the film. What you’re more likely to do instead is watch the film again… and again… and again. And then explore very internet forum and discussion board about the movie – and there are MANY – to make sense of it all. Only after you are completely satisfied that you have figured it out, you will finally be able to sleep again… except that you’d be either a fool or a liar to believe that.
Although it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in the year it debuted, and while it is a cult with the niche that know of it, the film still hasn’t got the massive audience it truly deserved. But from the early buzz on Carruth’s next, A Topiary, it seems that the filmmaker wouldn’t need to go back in time to achieve God level. …Yes, the film is better than our puns. Thank God for that.
Starring: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden
Written By: Shane Carruth
Directed By: Shane Carruth
Note: This recommendation first appeared in MTV Noise Factory, May 2012 issue
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