Monday, 24 August 2009

Primer... (Spoilers May Occur)

... has to be one of the most brilliant films i have ever seen. If you haven't seen it and like me you like time travel films go and watch it. You won't be disappointed.

The dialogue can be a bit hard to follow at times, but its something you don't need to follow precisely. Most of it is banter between two friends who are on the same wavelength. I mean how many times have you been to a party and met some new people and they have a long history of conversation between them. Its like that. This might have the problem in other films of shutting you out and not connecting with the characters. But it doesn't patronise you, it doesn't dumb the dialogue down for the sake of keeping up.

But the part that took me was the time travel itself. Shane Carruth (Dir) ticks the box of the number 1 problem i have had with time travel films in the past, and that's space. I always thought that if Marty McFly got in the DeLorean back to 1955 from 1985, he would find himself in the exact same position in relation to the Earth, but in reality the Earth is a million miles from where it was in 1955, so Marty would end up in Space, and the DeLorean would stetch out and break due to pressure.

Carruth states that to end up in the same place in relation to the Earth, you have to travel through every possible second backwards to end up there. The Box in Primer does this, It stays in relation to the Earth so the characters are grounded in the same place in Texas, not 4 Million miles away from Earth.

All in all its a very intelligent film with a lot to say from director Shane Carruth's first picture. And if you are into time travel films and need something more fresh and new rather than "Im from the future, im here to resuce you" films, then go buy it, its around a tenner. Worth every penny.


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