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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Platt and Rachel's psycho ex-boyfriend. Platt's role is so small that [[TheGhost he never actually appears onscreen]], and it's only stated that he stole one of Abe and Aaron's inventions in the past. Their wish to punch Platt in the face then go back in time and stop themselves results in them notices the future Granger and becoming scared that something horrible must have happened in the future that resulted in him finding out about the box. Rachel's ex, meanwhile, only ever appears twice, but he is apparently so insane that he brings a loaded gun to a party full of people and Aaron and Abe spend multiple time-jumps ensuring that he's not just scared off but properly arrested without possibility of coming back.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Platt and Rachel's psycho ex-boyfriend. Platt's role is so small that [[TheGhost he never actually appears onscreen]], and it's only stated that he stole one of Abe and Aaron's inventions in the past. Their wish to punch Platt in the face then go back in time and stop themselves results in them notices noticing the future Granger and becoming scared that something horrible must have happened in the future that resulted in him finding out about the box. Rachel's ex, meanwhile, only ever appears twice, but he is apparently so insane that he brings a loaded gun to a party full of people and Aaron and Abe spend multiple time-jumps ensuring that he's not just scared off but properly arrested without possibility of coming back.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Platt and Rachel's psycho ex-boyfriend. Platt's role is so small that [[TheGhost he never actually appears onscreen]], and it's only stated that he stole one of Abe and Aaron's inventions in the past. Their wish to punch Platt in the face then go back in time and stop themselves results in them notices the future Granger and becoming scared that something horrible must have happened in the future that resulted in him finding out about the box. Rachel's ex, meanwhile, only ever appears twice, but he is apparently so insane that he brings a loaded gun to a party full of people and Aaron and Abe spend multiple time-jumps ensuring that he's not just scared off but properly arrested without possibility of coming back.

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* MametSpeak: Abe and Aaron speak in high-level technical jargon while frequently interrupting each other and making no attempt to dumb down what they're saying for the audience.


# Its production being mostly handled ([[CopiouslyCreditedCreator writing, directing, producing, editing, cinematography, music, and a co-starring role]]) by one man -- Shane Carruth
# Its [[NoBudget minuscule budget]] of $7,000, most of which went towards buying film stock
# Its deep, philosophical deconstruction of TimeTravel [[RealityEnsues in a realistic scenario]]
# Its TechnoBabble-laden dialogue and [[KudzuPlot experimental structure]] making for some of the {{nerd}}iest, [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hardest]], and [[MindScrew most incomprehensible]] science fiction of recent memory

The film opens with two engineers and entrepreneurs, Abe and Aaron, building electronics in Aaron's garage. After achieving some success with their latest project -- a room temperature superconductor -- they discover it has an unexpected side-effect: [[TimeMachine creating time loops]]. Everything they place inside the Box runs back and forth through time for roughly 1300 iterations.

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# Its production being mostly handled ([[CopiouslyCreditedCreator writing, directing, producing, editing, cinematography, music, and a co-starring role]]) by one man -- Shane Carruth
Carruth.
# Its [[NoBudget minuscule shoestring budget]] of $7,000, most of which went towards buying film stock
stock.
# Its deep, philosophical deconstruction of TimeTravel [[RealityEnsues in a realistic scenario]]
scenario.]]
# Its TechnoBabble-laden dialogue and [[KudzuPlot experimental structure]] making for some of the {{nerd}}iest, [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hardest]], and [[MindScrew most incomprehensible]] incomprehensible and mind-numbing]] science fiction of recent memory

memory.

The film opens with two engineers and entrepreneurs, Abe and Aaron, building electronics tech projects in Aaron's garage. After achieving some success with their latest project -- a room temperature superconductor -- they discover it has an unexpected side-effect: [[TimeMachine creating time loops]]. Everything they place inside the Box runs back and forth through time exhibits temporal anomalies, proceeding normally then go backwards for roughly 1300 iterations.
a continuously repeating sequence, so that whatever is inside the Box can leave in the present, or at any point in the past.


[[caption-width-right:350:What if it actually works?]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:What [[caption-width-right:350:''[[{{Tagline}} What if it actually works?]]
works?]]'']]



''Primer'' is a 2004 independent film, written and directed by Shane Carruth. ([[CopiouslyCreditedCreator Also produced by Shane Carruth, starring Shane Carruth, edited by Shane Carruth, Shane Carruth as director of photography and with a soundtrack composed by Shane Carruth.]]) It was made on [[NoBudget a minuscule budget]] of $7,000, most of which went towards buying film stock. The film is a character-driven drama about two engineers who unexpectedly create a TimeMachine, and an examination of how TimeTravel (and the power it confers) affects them and their friendship.

Quite possibly the single {{nerd}}iest film ever made, and one that brings [[TechnoBabble technical jargon]] to a new art form, it is also one of the most believable via its starkly straightforward presentation.

The film opens with two engineers and entrepreneurs, Abe and Aaron, building electronics in Aaron's garage. After achieving some success with their latest project -- a room temperature superconductor -- they discover it has an unexpected side-effect: creating time loops. Everything they place inside the Box runs back and forth through time for roughly 1300 iterations.

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''Primer'' is a 2004 independent film, written and directed by Shane Carruth. science fiction drama film famous for a number of things:

# Its production being mostly handled
([[CopiouslyCreditedCreator Also produced writing, directing, producing, editing, cinematography, music, and a co-starring role]]) by one man -- Shane Carruth, starring Shane Carruth, edited by Shane Carruth, Shane Carruth as director of photography and with a soundtrack composed by Shane Carruth.]]) It was made on Carruth
# Its
[[NoBudget a minuscule budget]] of $7,000, most of which went towards buying film stock. The film is a character-driven drama about two engineers who unexpectedly create a TimeMachine, and an examination stock
# Its deep, philosophical deconstruction
of how TimeTravel (and the power it confers) affects them [[RealityEnsues in a realistic scenario]]
# Its TechnoBabble-laden dialogue
and their friendship.

Quite possibly the single {{nerd}}iest film ever made, and one that brings [[TechnoBabble technical jargon]] to a new art form, it is also one
[[KudzuPlot experimental structure]] making for some of the {{nerd}}iest, [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hardest]], and [[MindScrew most believable via its starkly straightforward presentation.

incomprehensible]] science fiction of recent memory

The film opens with two engineers and entrepreneurs, Abe and Aaron, building electronics in Aaron's garage. After achieving some success with their latest project -- a room temperature superconductor -- they discover it has an unexpected side-effect: [[TimeMachine creating time loops.loops]]. Everything they place inside the Box runs back and forth through time for roughly 1300 iterations.



Then something goes wrong. And that's when things get [[TheEndingChangesEverything really confusing]]. The ''plot itself'' is [[KudzuPlot non-linear]]. Most of the plot -- including several crucial events -- is neither shown nor described, just ''{{implied}}''. And on top of that, the characters communicate almost exclusively in dense TechnoBabble.

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Then something goes wrong. And that's when things get [[TheEndingChangesEverything really confusing]]. confusing.

The ''plot itself'' is [[KudzuPlot non-linear]]. Most non-linear, and most of the plot it -- including several crucial events -- is neither shown nor described, just ''{{implied}}''. And on top of that, the characters communicate almost exclusively in dense TechnoBabble.
''implied''.


Shane Carruth later went on to direct (and write, produce, star in, etc.) ''Film/UpstreamColor''.

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Shane Carruth later went on to direct (and write, produce, star in, etc.) ''Film/UpstreamColor''.
''Film/UpstreamColor''. He also starred in and was one of the producers for ''Film/TheDeadCenter''.


* TheEndingChangesEverything: The second act of the film involves the use of very limited Time Travel. However, [[spoiler:in the third act Abe learns that his friend Aaron has already used the time machine to change the past. So during the entire aforementioned second act, Aaron had actually been Aaron-from-a-week-in-the-future, manipulating current events for his own ends.]]



* TheEndingChangesEverything: The second act of the film involves the use of very limited Time Travel. However, [[spoiler:in the third act Abe learns that his friend Aaron has already used the time machine to change the past. So during the entire aforementioned second act, Aaron had actually been Aaron-from-a-week-in-the-future, manipulating current events for his own ends.]]

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* TheEndingChangesEverything: The second act VanityProject: Shane Carruth (who plays one of the film involves lead characters named Aaron) wrote, directed, produced, edited and composed the use of very limited Time Travel. However, [[spoiler:in music for this film. However unlike most Vanity Projects, it has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primer_(film)#Reception managed to earn good reviews and win two awards]]. (And he only acted in the third act Abe learns that his friend Aaron has already used movie after being unable to find anyone who could "break... the time machine to change the past. So during the entire aforementioned second act, Aaron had actually been Aaron-from-a-week-in-the-future, manipulating current events for his own ends.]] habit of filling each line with so much drama.")


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUzy-xPf0MI Step-by-step breakdown and explantion of the film's plot.]]
* And to top it off, it is so complex that it even frustrated [[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} Randall Munroe]], as can be seen at the bottom right of his [[https://xkcd.com/657/large comic about movie narratives]].

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUzy-xPf0MI Step-by-step breakdown and explantion explanation of the film's plot.]]
* And to top it off, it is it's so complex that it even frustrated [[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} Randall Munroe]], as can be seen at the bottom right of his [[https://xkcd.com/657/large comic about movie narratives]].



Shane Carruth later went on to direct (and write, produce, star in etc.) ''Film/UpstreamColor''.

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Shane Carruth later went on to direct (and write, produce, star in in, etc.) ''Film/UpstreamColor''.

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* NoodleIncident: Whatever drove Mr. Granger to use the machine.


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* ShownTheirWork: And once you've seen the movie, you'll be asking for their cheat sheet just so you can understand it.


* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Aaron's headphones.]];[[spoiler: Rats in the attic.]]

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%% * ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Aaron's headphones.]];[[spoiler: Rats in the attic.]]



* HomemadeInventions: The time machine.

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%% * HomemadeInventions: The time machine.

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* OrbitalShot: Seen when Aaron realizes Abe wants to make a bigger box.


* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Platz is hinted to be one. At first, it seems like he's just your typical BadBoss but a bit of dialog earlier in the movie refers to an event that happened "last year" and one of the characters saying he knew someone with a legal background that knew about "cases like ours." Suggesting Platz took an intellectual property invented by the company (probably claiming that it was developed on company time with company resources, which is often covered in employment contracts.)

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Platz is hinted to be one. At first, it seems like he's just your typical BadBoss but a bit of dialog earlier in the movie refers to an event that happened "last year" and one of the characters saying he knew someone with a legal background that knew about "cases like ours." Suggesting Platz took an intellectual property invented by the company characters (probably claiming that it was developed on company time with company resources, which is often covered in employment contracts.) contracts) and kept the profits for himself while cutting out the people who developed it.


* NumberOfTheBeast: Although a loose connection, the coincidence is too glaring to ignore. Apparently from the time the box is turned on, to the time it is turned off it will undergo approximately 1300 cycles of forward to backward time. (This seems to be the case no matter how long or briefly the box is running.) If the number of cycles happens to be 1333 (an odd number, which is significant to the films plot) then the inside of the box will have 'experienced' each point (A and B, or turned on point, and tuned off point respectively.) 666 times.

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