Primer, possibly the best geek movie of all time
It disappears from Netflix instant view at the end of this month (May 2010) so get on it already.
I’m not going to write a detailed review because it’s already been done and it would melt my mind, but this is absolutely one of the most interesting films of the last decade and you must see it.
Here’s why it’s a delicious geek-fest:
- The creator is a geek. One person, Shane Carruth, wrote, produced, directed, did the music and sound design, edited it over three years, and plays one of the two leads.
- He made it made for $7,000.
- The characters are geeks. It’s filled with very detailed dialogue that makes sense if you want to follow it, or just let it breeze by as exposition if you don’t.
- It’s got an unconventional narrative style that pretty much demands you watch it more than once.
- There’s a legitimate cult for this film that have filled the interwebs with theories and discussion, so much that they had to close the official forum to new users because it was getting to be too much to handle.
There’s a lot of technology and crazy mind bending plot, but it’s ultimately a story about human frailty and friendship.
Links and trailers
Scene “The Box”
Scene “You’re Talking About Making A Bigger One” SPOILERS
Someone actually went to the trouble of doing a Primer/Brokeback mashup.