Carruth's time travel nightmare

The debut from Shane Carruth (director of Upstream Colour) is so fiendishly knotty you’ll need a diagram to fully unravel its mysteries.

But persevere with it and prepare to be astounded, because this kitchen-sink sci-fi is the work of a major – if monomaniacal – talent.

Written, directed, designed, shot and scored by Carruth – who also stars in the film – it cost just $4,000 to make (not that you’d know it), and the home-hewn vibe perfectly suits the story about bored engineers blundering through the boundaries of time.

A trim 74 minutes, which is just as well – it takes a few viewings to get to grips with it.

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