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Cult sci-fi thriller Primer is the story of young engineers Aaron and Abe whose boring day jobs are designing error-checking technology. Working in Aaron’s garage by night, they are more ambitious and realise they may have stumbled on a method of time travel through experiments with electromagnetic weight reduction. Testing it has unforeseeable consequences.
Written, directed, produced, edited and scored by Shane Carruth (who also stars), Primer is noted for its ultra-low ($7,000) budget, experimental plot structure, philosophical implications and complex technical dialogue, which Carruth, a maths graduate himself, chose not to simplify.
Winner of the 2004 Sundance Jury Prize.