Primer was not a film I enjoyed watching. it was too sci-fi for me. I actually wanted to watch it again because there were some scenes that I really did not process and was a blank to me, but i dared not watch it because i knew it would cause migraines. it took me a while to get this blog entry done because there was so much yet so little to say on primer.
Primer looked, at first, like the normal, “i want to build something cool” movie that features nerdy grown up American boys. Aaron and Abe were two people who just kept talking, and scenes were normal. The movie became instantly boring with the occasional noises here and there. but, yes, it got intense, and spine-shivering.
Primer hit me so much because it looked to true to life, yet the events that happened were so absurd that it was shocking. it gave me all of these questions like what if i saw myself in the distance, or what if i was trapped inside that box that allowed me to “time travel”, or how would i have reacted to things that happened, especially proving that there should be another me in this very time? i could be instantly shocked, and of course i’d curse out loud. but the characters treated everything with a lack of emotion. The lack of music did not help my viewing experience, as it only amplified that very thick atmosphere of the unknown and uneasy that Primer made me feel. it was not creepy to the point of it being supernatural, it was creepy to the point of everything being pre-planned, and that life could be treated as an experiment. it was creepy because people toyed with themselves and loved it even though there was this certain feel of being miserable. And the best part of it was that no one knew a thing.
However did the doubles start to take over in one point of the film? This is another thing which makes it confusing. there are certainly things in primer that keep us guessing, like the scenes repeating and repeating themselves over and over again.
Aaron and Abe are also two aspects of the film that cannot be ignored. throughout the film they were just talking, and talking, and the movie went in such a pace that is slow and at the same time eerie – and as they begin to find out that their simple little science project was something bigger, they tried to becomes superheroes in their own world, without glory, but pain of enduring the box.
Seriously, this was such a scary film. I don’t think i’ll understand it even if I watch it for a second time, and i don’t think i will watch it another.