Shane Carruth’s time travel movie primer is one hell of a trip. To say it is confusing at times is an understatement. The film is based around two regular guys who go about discovering a machine that enables time travel. The consequences are dire.
Carruth spared no technological term or method. He has a background in physics and mechanical engineering. he left all the tech jargon and lingo in the film. The film has a 7000 dollar budget. Primer went on to make almost a million dollars in the box office and is one of the best success stories for a low budget film. He wrote, directed, starred in, and produced the film to help with he low costing budget.
Primer was exactly what hard science fiction needed. A film true to the science and field it is exploring. The time travel genre is often out there with some odd new form of travel and a science to go with it. Primer is just obscure enough and reveals enough of the science to give us what we needed in the science fiction genre.