Primer, an intelligently conceived idea of Shane Caruth, delves into the concepts of time paradoxes. The film focusses on a narrative that is about the fact that there is no perfect way of changing your past. As time travellers, the protagonists try hard to change the course of events in their past, but only end up creating more mess, with one them caught in a time loop.
Primer received a positive reception from the critics and was praised for its scientific accuracies. The principles of time travel in the film are inspired by Feynman diagrams which postulates the interaction of elementary particles. Primer is about two Intellectual engineers Aaron and Abe accidentally inventing the time machine. As the two friends obsess over their creation, they discover the dark consequences of their actions. Here’s a list of movies similar to Primer that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like Primer on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator is directed by the gifted academy award-winning director James Cameron, one of the most influential and the greatest pioneer of modern science fiction films. The story explores the journey of a human soldier from the year 2029 who must protect a young woman named Sarah Conor from getting killed by a cybernatic assassin known as The Terminator. Kyle must protect Sarah because an artificial intelligence defense network known as Skynet will become self-aware in the near future and initiate a nuclear holocaust. Sarah’s son John will lead a resistance movement against Skynet and is the only person capable of ending Skynet’s reign once and for all.
The Terminator explores the concept of bootstrap paradox meaning the terminators only exist because Skynet is developed based on the technology left from the original Terminator and the grandfather paradox — the reason why John Connor sends back his own father to meet his mother so that he’s conceived. The traditional grandfather paradox is a time traveller going back to kill his grandfather so that he’s never born. The film also heavily focuses on the concept of existentialism.
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