"PRIMER is the headiest, most singular science-fiction movie since Kubrick made 2001." - Esquire
PRIMER is set in the industrial park/suburban tract-home fringes of an unnamed contemporary city where two young engineers, Abe and Aaron, are members of a small group of men who work by day for a large corporation while conducting experiments on their own time in a garage. While tweaking their current project, a device that reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it by blocking gravitational pull, they accidentally discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities--ones that could enable them to do and to have seemingly anything they want. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity is the first challenge they face. Dealing with the consequences is the next.
PRIMER is a mesmerizing thriller that introduces a filmmaker with an exciting new sensibility. Shane Carruth, a former engineer who spent three years teaching himself filmmaking, conceived, wrote, directed, edited, and scored PRIMER and also plays one of the lead roles. His impressive feature debut – set in the very world Carruth abandoned to make movies -- tells the story of two engineers who stumble upon a remarkable invention which changes their lives in unimaginable ways. Engrossing and provocative in its exploration of the dark side of human nature and science, PRIMER electrified audiences at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award for films dealing with science and technology.
"Primer ranks among the best of recent thrillers such as "Memento" or "The Matrix," which rupture the fabric of reality and radically destabilize the narrative." - The Onion, Scott Tobias
"Fascinating and completely successful." - Roger Ebert
"Primer unites physics and metaphysics in an ingenious guerrilla reinvention of cinematic science fiction." - Village Voice, Dennis Lim
"Refusing to dumb down... Primer is "Mullholland Dr.," "Memento" for mad geniuses, or simply one of the most inventive films ever made." - Premiere, Aaron Hillis
"Prepare to be obsessed." - Miami Herald, Rene Rodriguez
"Love it or hate it, you won't be able to leave it alone." - Dallas Observer, Robert Wilonsky