|Shane Carruth Director|
A fresh and intelligent look at time travel. Two young engineers inadvertently build a machine that can cause a seemingly impossible event. Complete with mind-boggling and precise explanations, Primer is for those who tire of time-travel as a plot device but instead want a realistic, logical portrayal of it.
The director and writer, Shane Carruth, at first wanted to get a professional actor to portray the main character but was dismayed at how over-the-top everyone that auditioned played the role. That's what lead him to take the role himself.3 More Trivia
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Primer follows best friends and business partners Aaron and Abe; engineers by day and inventors by night. Along with their co-workers Robert and Philip they run a side business, Emiba Devices, out of Aaron’s garage that manufactures JTAG cards to fund their experiments in hopes of creating something valuable in hopes of getting financial backing from Abe’s girlfriend’s father, Thomas Granger.
The group argues over which project should be pursued next, leading Aaron and Abe to develop their own project separately from Robert and Philip. Aaron and Abe begin their work on a machine that reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside the machine by reducing the gravitational pull.
Although the device appears to work, Abe notices an unintended side effect, a fungus growing on the object placed inside the machine. Abe brings a sample of the fungus to a lab, where the technician informs him that the amount of fungus Abe brought in would take over five years to cultivate. Realizing the possibilities of the machine a watch is put into the machine for 60 seconds and once removed shows that it has experienced 1300 times the amount of time than when it entered the machine. They soon realize that they have inadvertently created a time machine, and choose to keep it secret from Robert and Philip.
After completing small scale tests, Abe secretly builds a prototype machine, referred to as “The Box”, large enough to contain a human, inside of a storage locker. He uses The Box to travel back to earlier that day and recounts his experience to Aaron.
The “box” is initially used by Aaron and Abe for financial gain, determining which stocks to invest in. They follow a strict schedule and are extremely cautious due to the uncertainty of the effects of causality. When using The Box they travel to the next town over, and stay in a hotel room to isolate themselves from creating paradoxes.
When they are about to deter away from their schedule by experimenting using The Box off schedule at night, their test is brought to a halt when they realize they are being followed by Thomas Granger. They soon realize that Granger is not from the present, but a double from the future and it is unknown why he traveled back or how he used The Box. Aaron goes to confront Granger who flees, and Aaron and Abe give chase. When Abe gets close to Granger, he collapses and enters a comatose state. This event makes Abe realize that time travel is too dangerous and he sets out to prevent The Box being used for time travel. Abe had secretly built a second “Box” to use as a fail-safe machine in case anything did go wrong. The fail-safe machine had been set to travel back to before Abe took his first trip inside The Box.
Using the fail-safe machine, Abe travels back four days and meets Aaron but collapses. It is revealed that Aaron had found Abe’s fail-safe machine and secretly used it to bring back another Box. He has used this Box to repeat the events of a party in which a guest attempts to shoot Abe’s girlfriend Rachel Granger, to stop the gunman and become a hero. To get the perfect scenario, Aaron has traveled back multiple times and recorded the conversations to reverse engineer the perfect moment. Aaron convinces Abe to help in trying and change the events of the party the party and they succeed by taking the bullets out of the gun, and Aaron confronting the gunman. The narrator portrays that it may have took several attempts to create the perfect scenario, though it is unclear how many attempts it actually took.
The frequent secrecy and conflicting views on The Box leave the friendship of Aaron and Abe in shambles. Aaron views The Box as beneficial and should be used, whereas Abe believes time travel to be dangerous. Aaron pleas with Abe to leave the country and let their “doubles” live their lives in this time line, and to start a new life elsewhere. Aaron refuses, and chooses to stay to prevent their “doubles” from using the invention as a time machine, suggesting that he will tamper with the machine until their “doubles” believe it’s a failure.
The film closes with Aaron instructing a group of French Workers to line a factory with metal plates “every half meter, everywhere”, suggesting he is building an even larger “Box”.
Primer employs a unique form of time travel compared to other films. It does not adhere to the traditional standards where the time machine travels the user instantly to a point in time. Instead the user can only travel back to a time period in which The Box was turned on. Another unique aspect of Primer’s time travel is that it does not occur instantly; instead it occurs at normal speed. The time at which The Box is turned on, is the point in time in which the user will return to. To return, the user simply turns off the machine and enters The Box, and they must remain inside while it cools down. Timers are used on the machine to ensure that the user does not run into their double and cause a paradox.
8:45am: Aaron and Abe go to the storage facility and set the timer to turn The Box on 15 minutes later
9:00am: The timer counts down to zero and the machine turns on. Meanwhile Aaron and Abe are at a Hotel in Russellfield
3:00pm: They turn a switch to cool down the machine and enter “The Box”. They spend the next 6 hours moving back in time.
9:00am: After 6 hours they exit The Box. As they exit, the machine is warming up for their doubles that are in Russellfield
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