A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
A trip back in time from the present to...
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.
Near perfect. One of the best time-travel films I've seen, in part because of the juxtaposition of its intricate script & the simplicity of its setting. You would never guess that traveling only mere hours back in time would serve for such a compelling narrative, but "Timecrimes" pulls it off with brilliant pacing and a plot woven with intelligent twists, not ones that pander to its audience or insult their intelligence. Karra Elejalde [Hector] delivers a tremendously compelling lead performance[s], and is anchored by a keen supporting role from the film's director Nacho Vigalondo as a scientist in the wrong place at the wrong time[s]. For my money, I have trouble deciding which low-budget time-travel feature is better, "Timecrimes" or "Primer". And that is high praise in and of itself.
Timecrimes brings to the table the well-worn genre of the time travel enigma in such an engaging, refreshing and minimalistic fashion that I was riveted throughout the experience. The plot is woven with great intricacy and Nacho Vigalondo does a great job in putting together the pieces of the puzzle in such a manner that the level of intrigue never diminishes instead it is always on rise and is left on a high in the end. The film does itself some great good by not explaining things too much as to leave the audiences with nothing to chew on. The relatively open ending and the confusion that the lead character has with the concept makes the film more accessible…
Well that was cool, inventive, and moody!
I can't believe I've never heard of this before.
Wow, now this is how you make a time travel film with a low budget! Timecrimes is a really creative sci-fi, with lots of great thrills, comedic moments and little twists. This is a true mind bender and while the logic of the story is pretty straightforward, the film handles time travel in a very gripping way. There is only one real complaint I have with it, which didn't really take me out of the film though. It's about the big temporal paradox that exists, but doesn't get explained so you just have to go with it. I find it hard to talk more about the film without spoiling it, so I'll just leave it that. Timecrimes is a very interesting mix of genres, being constantly entertaining and thoughtful, but ultimately tragic. It's one of a kind!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"We still have a while before it starts raining"
This is ScreeningNotes 2. I've come back from the future to warn you that ScreeningNotes 1 is totally going to spoil this movie for you. For anyone who hasn't seen the movie and clicked past the warning anyway, here's a spoiler-free review: if you liked the lo-fi time travel aesthetic of Primer then go watch this. It's good, I promise. Now get out of here before it's too late.
I'm no good at putting together complex storylines. So for me at least, one of the most important things about a movie like this is that, whether it's easy to follow or not, watching the puzzle pieces fall into place ought to…
Was cocky and thought I'm one step ahead of the film, turns out the film had always been two steps ahead of me. In a game of chess Timecrimes would be that player who sacrifices all his minor pieces at the beginning and then turn the game around by cornering the king in three moves. Checkmate. Good game, good bye and good night. Am I being too dramatic? I don't think so. I'll have you know that there is nothing concerning time travel that I cannot predict. I take multiple classes for this, I have three certificates hanging on my bedroom wall, I shit you not.
So here I sit, unhappy after facing such a humiliating defeat, trying to come…
While it's a common problem that movies let the audience down at the end, perhaps it's then not so surprising that in a time travel movie I found myself let down by the beginning!
The scene in the movie which really starts things moving is the main character seeing a woman getting undressed on a hillside as he surveys the surrounding area of his new house with binoculars. Rather bizarrely his next decision is to make his way around to that area of the hillside to find the undressing woman. This makes it seem like the main character is extraordinarily perverted and creepy, which makes it rather hard to invest in him as a protagonist.
It's unfortunate since the rest…
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Time really does make fools of us all. 😏
Clever and often funny. Paces its reveals and underlying message perfectly. I had some more interesting things to say but have forgotten (gonna have to travel back...).
I forgot how much I love this movie
A plot that's fun to watch unravel, and on this second viewing, also kind of darkly comedic. While not as great as I remembered, I would still recommend if you're a fan of the time travel genre.
Não pensei que um filme de terror sobre viagem no tempo pudesse ser tão entediante e previsível.
Nacho Vigalondo creó una de las mejores y más entretenidas películas de viaje en el tiempo en años. Y lo hizo de una manera muy honesta y con pocos recursos. Un clásico, en definitiva.
Absolutely fantastic and one of the best time travel films ever made. A perfect example of how you don't need huge budget special effects to make a perfect sci-fi mindfuck.
Zeitreise mal in logisch. (sofern das überhaupt möglich ist)
Der Look und die Umsetzung sind mir für das Thema aber zu geerdet, euphemistisch könnte man auch von "subtil" sprechen. Der eine oder andere Effekt hätte trotzdem nicht geschadet. So wirkt Timecrimes stellenweise wie ein TV-Film.
Aber der Plot, der ist mal extra clever.
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