Primer

Interesting concept but absolutely nothing else fuels this “story” about white-collar white guys secretly inventing a time-travel device and then getting mixed up in ridiculous, confusing, vaguely noir-ish nonsense about doppelgangers, murder, and temporal distortions. It gets all its mileage from its brooding angst-filled tone but then sputters out when Caruth is required to put his story-pieces together into something coherent and meaningful. A cop-out if there ever was one: Caruth gets our attention but he can’t plug in the holes of his swiss-cheese storytelling. Then, before it peters out, it’s clear that Primer is just a gee-whiz vanity project, all surfaces–littered, as it is, with pseudo-scientific gobbledygook–and no substance.

Grade: C-

Directed by: Shane Carruth
Screenplay by: Shane Carruth
Cast: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, Carrie Crawford

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