Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Vern writes a poem about Primer

Thanks to the fine folks over at The Cinematic Katzenjammer.  I have been presented with a challenge to review a movie for their Not So Secret Santa Review Swap in July

And now boys and girls. The Vern presents a Poem about "Primer". Well actually it's only a haiku.  But that word doesn't match well with Primer.  So here we go

 Men makes time machine.

The time machine makes doubles.

I want my time back.

 I can respect that this movie was accurate in it's science about time travel and alternate universes.  I really can.  It is extremely amazing at all of the things science has done to make our lives richer and I for one fully support their on going quests to make the future that much brighter.  So let me be clear about this.  Science is a good thing and I fully respect the scientific community.  Now hearing people talk about science in the context of a film is fucking boring.  I have sat through a lot of science lectures and while there have been a few lessons that have been interesting.  You don't make an entire
feature of people just building things.  The first half of this movie is mainly about these two guys trying to build a time machine.  It was as exciting as watching a guy repair a VCR( well some of those can be funny if you can find them).  When they get the machine running the next half of the movie is them keeping track of their doubles and to make sure that they never cross paths.  I saw this same premise done before in "Back To The Future:Part II", but at least that one has great characters like Marty McFly and Doc Brown.  "Primer" has...umm... umm... these two guys who.. are scientists.  Besides their occupation and the fact they each have a girlfriend or a family.  We know little to nothing about who these people are or why should we care about them.  Seriously why should I care if these guys get to build a time machine or not.  Or for that matter why should I be concerned if someone finds out about their project or not.  Watching this movie reminded me of "Time Crimes"(which is a much better movie and is streaming on Netflix) Now I can respect if you found this movie fascinating.  It does go into some fascinating topics.  But these kinds of conversions are perfectly fine to talk about with friends. They do not make for an entertaining movie.  You have to give me characters  I like and then present these characters with a problem, so I can become emotionally involved when they either succeed or fail in their attempts.   

This is the 2nd time I have seen this,and I didn't like it the first time I watched it either.  I know that I am in the minority because this movie has been getting some praise by a lot of top critics.  I just never once found it to be fascinating and the reason was the lack of character development. It was hard for me to get into the actual science of the story without caring about the characters first.


  1. Loved the haiku. The review is not encouraging, and I'd heard some good things about the film. I will have to consider the risk. Thanks for your opinion.

    1. I look forward to reading your thoughts. Thanks for the comments

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