Shane Carruth’s directorial debut, the über-low-budget time-travel drama Primer
, won accolades at Sundance and was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards. It also sparked a wealth of conversation in people who never tired of untangling the movie’s purposefully confounding structure. Even though it took practically a decade for him to release his second film, the psychologically sci-fi tinged thriller Upstream Color
, anybody haunted by Primer
’s creepy overtones will instantly recognize it as the work of the same director.
Borrowing an approach that could best be called Malick-esque, Upstream Color dispenses with conventional sc...