Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.
Is it good movie?
Whoa, what a wild ride. It is going to be difficult for me to review this whole flick without giving it all away but I can sufficiently say it kicked my ass and had me at every turn. It all goes down when a couple move into a new home. One day they get a strange phone call (despite no one knowing they're there). That's not all though, Hector checks out his new binoculars, only to find that some dude in bandages is taking out a young lady.
So with all that, Hector meets up with an individual who decides to show Hector his passion, a time travel device- of course Hector wants to save the girl. Hector was warned though: don't touch anything, you could mess up the past. And here, stuff goes wild.
The problem with most time travel flicks is that they get too caught up in their own traps and end up getting overly complicated and boring by the end of it. Timecrimes is primarily concerned with entertaining the viewer and luckily mostly manages to avoid the sci-fi crap that bogs down most time travel flicks. Sure, you could blow your own mind if you think about it too much, but that's your own fault.
This movie lives and dies by the performance of Karra Elejalde as Hector. The guy is amazing and completely believable- he doesn't overplay his role and really nails the character. He plays him as naive and stubborn, quick-tempered and quirky. It's all good stuff here as Hector knows about as much about time travel as the audience does.
Does it all work? Not exactly. During the last third of the movie the flick starts getting a little silly, where characters just keep going back in time and it leads to some pretty contrived plot twists with a fairly weak ambiguous ending.
Don't worry though, that doesn't ruin the film.
Video / Audio
Video is a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, and it is passable, with okay colors and a few too many scratches and lines for my liking.
Audio is a Dolby Digital 5.1 track and sounds great, crystal clear with great woofer effects.
The biggest extra is The Making of Timecrimes, a 45 minute feature which is mostly behind the scenes stuff tossed together and does have the occasional interview. If you're a film student, you'll dig this technical wallflower stuff.
You also get 10 minutes of Cast and Crew Interviews, which is all too brief and features appearances from Barbara Goenaga and Karra Elejalde, writer/director Nacho Vigalondo, Producer Eduardo Carneros, and sfx guy Oscar Del Monte.
There's also 7:35 De La Manana, a short film by Nacho Vigalondo. It's an interesting little flick which certainly is imaginative.
Finally, there's about a half an hour detailing the Timecrimes Internet game, a marketing tool used to promote this film. It’s a weird little featurette but interesting enough to have included on the DVD.
Finally, there's a photo gallery and a trailer.
Timecrimes is a wonderful little flick that keeps you guessing. I thought it was creative, fresh and ingenious and although it doesn't hold up completely, the good performance and strong script keep it rated high.