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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

DVD Mini-Reviews: Primer/Solaris 

Primer: There's a great line in Jurassic Park where Ian Malcom chides John Hammond, saying, "you were too busy thinking about whether you could, you didn't stop to think if you should." A similar principle exists in this award-winning indie film. A group of engineers build a machine that they soon learn can transport them back through time, which not surprisingly leads to a tangled confluence of events. Primer's complex story sometimes confuses, and it leaves questions unanswered, but it's refreshing in its imaginative, ambitious reach. 8/10

Solaris: Two things stood out to me while watching this film: (1) If you're going to make a movie that consistently pays homage to 2001, then why would you throw away ninety minutes of ambiguously engaging story telling to hold your audiences hand during the climax? (2) George Clooney was born to play Daniel Ocean... and little else. 5/10


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