Most of us are of the opinion that science fiction movies always require a mega budget to be made and that it can only be possible when a major studio is backing the project. And it is true that most science fiction movies which we see are made on a large scale with excessive use of graphics and the green screen. But there is one person who dramatically shook our perceptions and thoughts on the genre. His name is Shane Carruth. The writer-director-actor-editor-music composer made ‘Primer‘ in 2004 on a budget as less as $7000, and with this small indie project, he got the whole world talking.
‘Primer’ is the story of two scientists, Aaron and Abe, who accidentally invent a time machine and then end up using it to make money. However, messing with time, of course, has its own consequences, and soon, it starts taking a toll on them. Time travel has been a matter of great fascination for humans for a long time, and numerous works of art have been made throughout history where time travel has had a major role to play. However, there are only a few stories of time travel that explores the phenomenon as seriously as ‘Primer’, bringing it down to real-life causations and results. If you love this film and are looking for more movies similar in tone and style, then you have arrived at the right place. Here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Primer’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Primer’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
7. Upstream Color (2013)
It is a well-established notion in all film industries around the world that if one wants to be taken seriously as a major talent on the horizon, one has to get his/her second film right. And with ‘Upstream Color‘, Carruth does exactly that. The story of ‘Upstream Color’ centers around two individuals whose lives get entangled in a weird manner. We follow one of the characters from the beginning — a woman named Kris, who meets a strange man called Jeff years after a mysterious being called ‘The Thief’ kidnaps her. Jeff and Kris slowly come to discover that they have a deeper connection between them, which is much more than what could be between two normal individuals. Few science fiction films are as dark and yet beautiful as ‘Upstream Color’. The whole concept of the film is something we have never seen before, and that is what makes it a seminal piece of art.
6. Looper (2012)
One of the most interesting science fiction films of this decade, ‘Looper‘ is a story set in 2044 where time travel is used to send criminals back to the past for them to be executed by a killer assigned to the role called the looper. However, problems soon arise when it is the looper himself who is sent back in time to be executed. Writer-director Rian Johnson concocts an intriguing plot in this film which is a rather fresh look at time travel. ‘Looper’ uses innovative storytelling techniques, and also has wonderfully written characters about whom you will start caring for quite early on in the film. The star-studded cast of the film, which includes names like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt do justice to their roles. The film has received unanimously positive critical acclaim, helping Rian Johnson further solidify his legacy, which started building with films like ‘Brick’ (2005) and ‘The Brothers Bloom’ (2009).