Sun, 30/Apr/2017 20:15

Primer

Duke suggested that I watch the movie Primer. It was a low budget movie that came out a few years ago. I read that they spent about $11k making the movie.I was intrigued by his suggestion.

I found the movie online somewhere and watched it. That is the first time I have done that and I don't think I will do that again. I will check the library first.

The movie begins with a scene in a kitchen. There are four guys sitting at the dinning table discussing business and stuffing envelopes with electronic boards. The scene is meant to be dreary and have a dull sense about it. The discussion leads to there being more than just stuffing boards. The four of them not being happy with their day jobs nor with the tedium of their side business.

Two of them want to improve a device that some big company has built. They stumble onto something entirely different.

At one point they have several old oscilloscopes in the background. They have a discussion about palladium versus platinum and then saw off a catalytic converter from a car to get the necessary platinum. The science jargon is sufficient for most nerds but not so deep that others might be overwhelmed by it.

The effects of timeline in the movie are nicely done. The science is used to move the story and not just to have it cause you can do it. The story draws you in and develops the characters. There are some excellen twists that I will not reveal.

This is not the typical blockbuster, computer animated, sci-fi movie with miniature blue people running around screaming about gargamel. If you only like that sort of thing, Primer is not for you. If you like science, fiction and an honest movie, this is for you. I would recommend it to everyone from mid teens and up.





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