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Here you go. A picture depicting the 9 different timelines of the movie :)


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Primer is a very complex movie and hard-to-impossible to understand in the first watching. This is due to the fact that we only see a small part of the actual happenings in the story, and the scenes are not in a chronologically correct order. This is hard to spot, as the scenes seem to fit after each other, but sometimes they are reruns of a scene that is ...


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It is implied that something happens in the future. We are left to assume it has something to do with Rachel dying or being injured some time in the future. Now if we followed the events that are implied to have happened, we would have watched Abe and Aaron grieve over her death, remember that the boxes have been running since before her death and then they ...


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Q: What I'd like to know is how things would work out if before ever inventing my first time-travel machine I'd fix to myself the very simple rule above: "Always enter on 2013-oct-15 at 6pm and on 2013-oct-15 at 6pm only, unless I've seen my future-self come out". A: There would be two versions of you in existence. One version -- "You A" -- would be 12 ...


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Several difficulties/problems come to mind: Given the time setting of the movie (based on the type of computers and cell phones they use), they don't have the same technology we currently have. It would have been hard to design something that autonomous that still worked inside the storage unit. I don't think looking up the stock info from inside the ...


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I have always thought from watching Primer (3 times in one evening) that the problem that the users of the time-machine experience is not from duration in the box, but the number of times they have used it. Since by the rules of the time-machine mean that you can't go forwards at all, and can only go back as far as the box existed, then the box acts like a ...


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I'd also recommend the essay here: http://qntm.org/primer - that in combination with OddCore's infographic above gave me a much better grasp of it (and that's after two watchings).


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Here's my thoughts: Granger goes into a coma because he has become an unresolved paradox. It's unclear when he arrived - we can guess 5pm, after Abe turned on the machine - or what, exactly, went wrong. We'll never know. "The permutations are endless." What we do know is this: when Thomas Granger interacted with Abe and Aaron, he prevented himself from ever ...


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In the original timeline, Rachel is injured or killed at the party. The first Aaron to emerge from the original failsafe box (hooded Aaron who drugs his "innocent" pre-time-travel self) knows this. When he is challenged by the later version of himself, he agrees to leave because the newer copy of himself has already done what he intended (record the ...


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This interested me a lot too. What happened to Thomas Granger, why did he come back and why does he pass out. Firstly as soon as they discover that Granger has come back they realise it could only have been because of an emergency. It could be argued that since he was financing Abe and Aaron he would have been in the best position to discover or be told ...


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As they begin their exploitation of the stock market, both characters are afraid of bringing about any possible "paradox" situation. They sequester themselves in a hotel room. They do not communicate with anyone until they go "back" (second time through the same day), except to check the stock market. Only when the forgotten cell phone rings when they are ...


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Along with the answer given by another, it would create a paradox given the way that time travel works in Primer. The alteration of one's past self creates a paradox self, which is why, later in the film, one pair of Abe and Aaron lose the ability to write. With them going back in time, it allows them to take the full benefit of time travel without the risk ...


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I think he came back to stop them from creating a paradox (and some "emergency") by punching the guy in the face and then telling themselves not to. He does stop them but ends up in a coma when he comes into contact with them. Maybe because that created a paradox itself? Either that or he didn't wait for the machine to be low-functioning when he exited (too ...


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When Abe and Aaron first exit the box together, they get into the vehicle to talk about it. The audience is left wondering "where did Abe get the funding to build such a thing?". At that moment, Abe's Cellphone rings, he picks up and says "Hi Rachel". At this point, we dont know how many times the box has been used (once at least, as we saw an Abe clone ...



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