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Timecrimes is a low-budget thriller that's well-crafted and loaded with dark humor and bizarre twists.
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The key here is to keep things moving without letting the logical (or illogical) complications weigh down the action, and [director] Vigalondo does this well.
An enterprising Spanish time-travel thriller, that's light on DeLoreans and lightning bolts, but heavy on fiendish cross-currents of temporal interaction.
The director operates his metaphysical contraption with enough wit to jolt away your skepticism.
The modest satisfactions of Timecrimes come down to a protagonist divided against himself.
Timecrimes is like a temporal chess game with nudity, voyeurism and violence, which makes it more boring than most chess games but less boring than a lot of movies.
If you like the trickster films of Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Prestige), chances are you'll like Timecrimes.
Hector's insane time-travel journey is an excellent example of high-concept sci-fi.
Watching "Timecrimes" is like stumbling in a pitch-black haunted house. Hitting walls where paths should be is fun, and time-travel tropes of choice versus fate are inventively goosed. Even with five minutes left, it could conclude in any number of ways.
The idyllic but mundane world of the film's opening segues smoothly into a sequence out of a highly intelligent slasher film, before finally settling into its niche as a darkly funny, and at times mildly disturbing, sci-fi thriller.
That rarest of rare things: an intelligent time-travel movie that actually holds together on closer examination.
While I enjoyed the film a great deal, I honestly wonder if there'd be this amount of hoopla if the picture, say, starred a yamhead like Val Kilmer and was set in New Jersey.
A decent time-travel film that seems like an extended Twilight Zone episode lacking a strong main character, and while it is really mysterious and intriguing in its first half hour, it soon becomes quite predictable, despite a clever twist in the last act of its circular plot.
Clara: Time flies here.
"The present can change the past."
Timecrimes is a unique and well done time travel thriller. I'm not the biggest fan of time travel movies, but Timecrimes manages to be original and actually is able to keep all of the pieces of the puzzle together, while most time travel films fall apart. It's also just a lot of fun. From when we begin to see where the plot is going to the final scene where examine what has taken place from different perspectives; the film work and no doubt entertains.
Hector and his girlfriend or wife(I don't really know) are at a countryside home that it looks like they have just moved into and are fixing up. When Hector is using binoculars to scope out the landscape, he sees a beautiful girl taking her shirt off in the woods. His wife leaves, so he goes to get a closer look, stumbling upon the naked girl motionless on the ground in the woods. He's then attacked by a man and stabbed in the arm. He runs away, jumps a fence, and winds up breaking into a building that only one person is present. To hide from his attacker, he gets into a weird tomb like thing. Well the building wasn't any building, but a time travel science lab. Now Hector has traveled back in time roughly an hour and a half before he got in. Now things get real crazy.
I loved the plot, I loved the twists, and overall I just really loved this movie. It's a time travel movie that works because every loose end of normal time travel movies was tightened up. There are no glaring plot holes like you see in most movies of this type. Everything fits together and that's why the movie works so well.
If you're at all a fan of the genre, then definitely give this one a watch. More experienced viewers of the genre may find some problems with it, but for me this movie was as close to perfect as I've seen from a time travel movie. If there are problems that I wasn't noticing, you should still find the plot fun and engaging.
So as the movies started I have to say I was a bit weary. I was like of there is nothing in this movie, i got the plot already. then they started throwing the little twists. And I was like oh hell no there is no way they can pull this off now. Lo and behold they did. A very solid time travel story that actually MAKES SENSE and when all is said and done. You understand what has happened. Well worth finding.
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