Writer/director Carruth's debut film might be the world's first thinking-man's time travel movie, beautifully shot for an absurdly low $7,500. Winner of the 2004 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, the plot revolves around two engineers, Aaron (Carruth) and Abe (Sullivan), who, while trying to develop a patentable invention, accidentally construct a box that allows them to move backwards through time. Carruth piles on the technical jargon, which will either hopelessly confuse viewers or make them love the director for respecting their intelligence. (No character ever whines, "Tell it to me in English, Doc!") At its core, Carruth's film is a meditation on trust, obsession, power, and the chaos surrounding innovation, combined with a nonlinear storyline that should inspire more repeated viewings than "Donnie Darko."
Maybe Needs Repeat Viewing? KHL at 2008-04-15 16:37:05
I wasn't thrilled about this, and even my hubby, who is a fan of movies like Memento and time travel type plots, did not think it was good either. Maybe it's just because I get lost easily with nonlinear storylines, but I generally didn't really dig this. Plus I could hardly understand what they were talking about for the first half hour, and the whole Robert Altman-style overlapping dialogue just annoyed me.