Stoner Review: PRIMER (2004)
Shit, you gotta see this flick! Primer is definitely one of the best time travel movies of all time. Just don’t lose your head.
All right, four engineer homies are running a small business, inventing tech stuff in their spare time, hoping to make some real money on a patent some day. One day two of them – Aaron and Abe – invent a machine to cancel gravity. This is a big break-through and they decide to get rid of the other two partners, who haven’t contributed to this particular artifact.
After some regulation and experimenting, Aaron and Abe discover that the machine not only cancels gravity, but also time, enabling objects (i.e. a watch) to travel through time. And with a big enough machine: A human being.
Yeah, it’s a fucking time machine, broseph! Soon they are making big money on the stock market, which they now can collect data about from the future, and know how to invest.
So that’s wicked. Well, yes… Except when you travel in time you create a double of yourself, who is present in the same time that your natural chronologically self exists in. You might actually meet yourself. Furthermore you might of course change the future, unintendedly.
In the beginning the guys are very disciplined and careful, but their moral quickly degenerates. They start bringing mobile phones and even other time machines with them in the time machines. And all the time both of them are doing something behind the other’s back, making the risks of time travel (setting of chain reactions with huge impact on the world) worse and worse.
The plot gets really complicated, as you easily lose track of time (no pun intended). Many flashbacks and forwards. That makes it difficult for me to explain the rest of the plot. I am positive it can be understood in several ways.
Let me just say that the intriguing philosophy about time travel is really put to work here. Enjoy an hour and twenty minutes in this theoretical corner of your mind, accompanied by a light sativa. A Haze perhaps?