Genre Guesstimation: Primer (2004)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by me.  In honor of the month when Marty McFly came to visit us here in 2015, I have decided that we will be reviewing our favorite movies featuring time travel.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of October by sending them to  Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Movies featuring Time Travel…

primer“Man, are you hungry? I haven’t eaten since later this afternoon.” – Aaron

Number of Times Seen – 2 (15 Sep 2010 and 11 Oct 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A group of friends try to create a new invention and end up creating a time machine in the process.

My Take on it –  This movie has gained cult status over the years and although the general idea seems to be quite interesting, it just isn’t conveyed properly to the viewer.

The characters speak in a heavy scientific jargon that adds to the confusion and things just keep getting more and more convoluted as the movie moves along that it is too easy to get lost and not find your way back to the story they are trying to tell.

Ultimately, if you want out of a movie so utterly confused, which little interest in understanding it in the future, then it’s hard to call a movie like this a success.

I know that there are a lot of people who love this movie, but I am not at all ashamed to say that after seeing this twice, I still have no clue what they were trying to do here.

Here is a picture from Wikipedia that tries to explain what happened in the movie…maybe it will help you more than it helped me.


650px-Time_Travel_Method-2.svgThe small budget feel is the only aspect that worked for me because it makes total sense to make a movie about guys who wnat to start a business with little money and this helped reflect that feeling.

Bottom Line – Interest idea that just doesn’t work well enough because it is so incomprehensible that it’s quite easy to get lost in the jargon that makes little sense.  Small budget feel slightly works in its favor, but ultimately if you walk out of a movie extremely confused by what you saw and you have little interest in trying to see it again to possibly understand it then it’s hard to declare it a success.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The budget for the entire film was around $7000. Most of the money was spent on film stock. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. This movie was so incomprehensible that even if I watched it a few more times, I doubt I’d understand it

Rating – Razzie Worthy


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