‘Primer’ is not just a film; it is an elaborate science puzzle. It is a film that makes ‘Inception’ look like a pizza commercial. To fully understand each and every aspect of ‘Primer’ requires multiple viewings — those who claim that they “got” the film in first viewing itself are either lying or are just being a smart-ass. When you finally “get” the film, don’t be surprised if you feel ecstatic and victorious, not very different from how you feel when you are able to solve a difficult puzzle.
But was ‘Primer’ intentionally made so dense and complex ? Well, the answer to that only Shane Carruth, writer and director of film, may know, but my best guess is that Carruth had no other choice. First of all, the film was made at a shoe-string budget of just $7000. So, that limits several liberties that Carruth could have taken if he had more budget — for e.g. he could have utilized visual effects. Secondly, the way time-travel has been inter-woven in the plot of the film, any simplification would have ruined the fun.
In any case, ‘Primer’, today, has a strong cult-following. And it may have its extremely complex plot to thank for it. In my all movie-viewing experience, I am yet to see a film that required so many viewings to understand it. And now that I have done all hard work — watch, make notes, research, watch again, research again — to fully understand the film.
here watch the explanation
Now that you are aware of the basic details and what to look for in the film, here’s an excellent video that explains the film very well. It’s a little long, therefore, be patient.