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This review is from: Primer [DVD] (DVD)
I requested this as a present because I'm a fan of time travel. Since I've been given it, I've watched it twice in its standard form and then I've watched the director's commentary and the crew and cast commentary. I will watch it again a few more times I expect.
It IS very confusing. I thought that I would understand it second time round but I still didn't understand a lot of it. The commentaries cleared a few bits and bobs up and made it clear that there was one element that was not meant to be understood. I am hoping that things will become clearer on each viewing. It is very exciting to have a film that needs so many viewings to satisfy .
Having watched the film, I think they did an absolutely incredible job to make it with $7000. It's quite enlightening listening to the commentary explaining, that's his sister; that's the cameraman; this is my Dad's house, car, etc. Some reviewers have complained about the quality or the dialogue. I thought the quality was fine and the dialogue seemed very natural to me. There were odd occasions where actors were talking over each other but I felt it was refreshing to break away from unnatural dialogue.
In fact, there was a lot about this film that was refreshing. No emotional dialogues, no love stories, violence etc. It wasn't overdramatic. It just felt like very normal people who'd got caught up in time travel.
The commentaries are a nice addition to the DVD. This film probably isn't for the majority. I wouldn't recommend it to a lot of my friends. It satisfies my craving for time travel and never patronised me by explaining paradoxes. (a passing reference was enough) The only reason I've given 4 stars not 5 stars (and maybe I'm being a little harsh), is that I feel the ratio of the film is wrong. I think that it would be better having a shorter time establishing the dynamics of relationships and longer after the time travel element kicks in.