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Synopsis:
Hector (Karra Elejalde) is relaxing on a lawn chair outside of his new country home, surveying the nearby hillside through a pair of binoculars, when he catches sight of what appears to be a nude woman amidst the trees. Hiking up to investigate, he is attacked by a sinister figure whose head is wrapped in a grotesque, pink bandage. Fleeing in terror, his next actions set in motion a brain-twisting, horrigying chain of events.
Actors:
, , , , Juan Inciarte
Directors:
Voiced By:
Libby Brien, Nicole Dionne, Philip Hersh
Writers:
Nacho Vigalondo
Aka:
Los cronocrímenes
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
Spain, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/05/2009
Run Time:
88 minutes
Languages:
Spanish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (3) of Timecrimes

Spanish Gold - Timecrimes review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
06/05/2009

Timecrimes takes on an often-used plot mechanism in film and totally turns it upside down. It only features four characters, with the course of events unfolding dramatically over its brisk running time. This is another fine film from Spain, one that tops the Orphanage and .Rec in my opinion. To really appreciate the level of ingenuity on show here, you have to return to the film and experience it all over again. Viciously clever, strangely compelling, when you believe you have everything figured in your own mind, it trumps you again. I really enjoyed Timecrimes, given the brief synopsis above, its best to avoid any spoilers until you have seen the film. A must see. My only criticism is extremely minor and that's the lack of any extras on this disc.

6 out of 8 members found this review helpful.

Twisting time-travel caper - Timecrimes review by Alphaville

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11/03/2018

Our man goes back a day in time and confronts his past self. Plus he’s on the run from a killer. It’s a neat beginning for a time-travel conundrum of a film, but the middle-aged man is sooo boring and a lack of realism makes it hard to take the fantastical elements as anything but a screenwriter’s game. Our man doesn’t even RUN from the killer and never seems worried at all. Maybe that’s why there’s some gratuitous nudity thrown into the mix to spice things up. Write/director Nacho Vigalondo, who here plays the time-travel machine scientist, would go on to better things with Colossal.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean there’s not some enjoyment to be had here. To maintain the viewer’s interest the plot needs to keep moving.. and it does so, with one twist after another. After a sticky middle act it picks up again and you’ll want to stay with it to see where it’s going. The whole adds up to a reasonably diverting 88 minutes. If only the characters were more realistic and engaging.

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Doing the crime by doing the time - Timecrimes review by VG

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24/02/2021

A smart, gritty, intimate and cunning thriller of temporal paradox, misfortune, hubris and the struggle between choice and inevitability.

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Critic review

Timecrimes (aka Los cronocrímenes) review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso

Timecrimes is quite the unique experience; one, because it’s a Spanish film about time travel. Two, because it’s incredibly smart and (I’m guessing) because it was most likely a hell to be properly directed, even worse – edited as such. What I’m trying to say is that kudos to the filmmakers to do so much with such little (basically filmed on an indie budget) to produce one of the most masterful eerily thrillers ever being made.

The film starts off with Hector (played to perfection by Karra Elejalde), a middle-aged man minding his business when suddenly, he sees a mysterious man beating around the bush (both literally and figuratively). This mysterious man has some kind of towels on his face and so his identity is not determined, although we as the audience can feel it in our bones that something isn’t quite right. And thus Hector’s adventure of his lifetime begins.

Timecrimes is not for those who don’t want to think; the film requires quite a logical leap and a sufficient intellectual (at least long-term memory-wise) capacity in order to remember everything that occurred in the film prior to whatever action Hector is undertaking at the moment. If that sounds confusing, that’s because it is, and you’d need to watch this movie very carefully so that you don’t miss anything.

In a way, Timecrimes plays a lot like the old convention of a self-fulfilling prophecy, mostly present in old Greek and other mythologies as well (Sumerian, Indian, etc). Just like Oedipus Rex, Hector too is wrapped in an enigma out of which there are limited options of getting out, and under a safe outcome as well. Unlike Oedipus Rex, Hector does not commit incest or what have you, but is plagued in a totally different way that becomes, just like Oedipus Rex, his ultimate hubris.

Timecrimes is not a film of characters, but rather a film of an idea. That idea is non-linear time travel, multiverses, and the consequences of breaking the harmony previously established in the physical world. And ultimately, this is a film about the paradox of having the power to change the future, which itself isn’t as much of a paradox as it is a man’s undeniable will to control his destiny, and ultimately his life.

The cinematography is very, for a lack of a better word, fitting, while the lack of music makes Timecrimes creepier than it originally needs to be (then again, director’s choice). Granted, the editing may seem flawless, but at times, it seems as if the various timelines in the film interfere (chronologically, pun intended) with each other by the editor’s fault. But, given the complexity of the chronology and narrative, this is acceptable and never frowned upon.

Should you see Timecrimes? Yes, but prepare an aspirin or two because your head WILL hurt.