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Primer [2004] (1 disc)

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Director:Shane Carruth
Writer:Shane Carruth
Composer:Shane Carruth
Length:77 minutes
(1 hour 17 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:72%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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  • Sci-Fi
  • Drama
  • Mystery
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Synopsis: Aaron and Abe are out to create something amazing. But they end up with something even amazinger.


Reaction: Not for everyone. This is a thinking movie. And that is the simplest way to describe it. It took me three watchings to even begin to fully understand certain aspects of the movie. And I'm still not certain I understand it all.


Personal Rating: 9/10


Highlights
"Are you hungry? I haven't eaten since later this afternoon."

Select Cast and Crew
Shane Carruth => Director / Writer / Composer / Producer / Aaron
Anand Upadhyaya => Phillip
Ashley Warren => Hostess
Ashok Upadhyaya => Laboratory Technician
Brandon Blagg => Will
Carrie Crawford => Kara
Casey Gooden => Robert
Chip Carruth => Thomas Granger
David Joyner => Rachel's Date
David Sullivan => Abe
Delaney Price => Laney
Eric De Soualhat => Translator
Jack Pyland => Aaron's Co-worker
Jay Butler => Metalshop Worker
John Carruth => Man On Couch #1
Jon Cook => Will's Cousin
Juan Tapia => Man On Couch #2
Keith Bradshaw => Clean Room Technician
Kevin Lucero Less => Seth
Samantha Thomson => Rachel Granger

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • There was a scene later cut out portraying Aaron as a diabetic. The shot showed him giving himself an insulin injection.
  • Shane Carruth stated that at most an 80 minute could be made from the footage (the film was 78 minutes). He stated that the shooting ratio was 2:1.
  • In the scene in which Abe-2 knocks out Abe-1 with nitrous oxide, the container he's holding is actually a rice cooker. Also, we see sleeping Abe's profile, but not standing Abe, because the latter was David Sullivan standing in for Shane Carruth.
  • The budget for the entire film was around $7000. Most of the money was spent on film stock.