Movies that are slightly off.
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…
Talking about Timecrimes without even thinking of talking about it first so that I can talk about it later might bring some serious consequences.
Well that was cool, inventive, and moody!
I can't believe I've never heard of this before.
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"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…
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Predestination as a concept is a tricky one to put to screen. If you go too far one way, the way of pure predestined events that are beyond control, you become contrived and coincidental ala Triangle. But if you go the route of 'Timecrimes' you abolish the very principle behind it and devolve into absurdity. Our protagonist Hector does all of the actions he's seen in his original timeline as the antagonist and he does it with such precision that it becomes the most unrealistic element of a movie about time travel.
I have seen Timecrimes mentioned in connection with low budget sci-fi movies as Primer and Coherence, and was expecting something that would blow my mind in similar way. That did not happen. Instead, I got a time travel movie that is easy to follow, ergo, the opposite of the complex narrative I expected.
And speaking of time traveling. I dislike this form of causal loop (also known as the Predestination paradox), where the character is not changing anything. I mean, why did he go back in time in the first place? This is not a critique of the film (as they follow the rules of causal looping), but it is, to me, a logical fallacy in the ideas behind causal loop.
Part of my May 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Timecrimes was little more than a solid movie. For a movie of this nature, I'm not sure if it's necessarily a good thing that I followed the plot easily. By that I mean I wasn't blown away by any means.
The biggest issues are that the plot itself is terribly pointless to a fault that I wasn't exactly rooting for Hector to solve the problems he encounters. The characters are essentially props to the story to move it forward. The time paradox stuff isn't confusing but simply makes no sense. I wasn't bamboozled that there was no explanation for these event; I was just witnessing lazy writing.
Timecrimes is decent fun and good genre junk food. I enjoyed the viewing experience but would never consider watching it again.
Could See, B-
Fun little Spanish sci-if thriller. It's no Coherence or Triangle, but then again, what is? The thing that makes those films so engaging is how they put you into the shoes of the protagonist(s), while it's much harder to root for Timecrimes' schlubby moron of a main character. Plot wise, it probably doesn't hold up very well once you dissect it, but I didn't care enough to do so we'll never know, I guess.
If you like your time travel movies smarter than Star Trek but not quite as mind-exploding as Primer, this is the one for you! To discuss the the plot would be be to spoil it, but suffice to say that Nacho Vigalondo is a sneaky film maker who likes to complicate things for his characters as he slowly reveals the plot to the audience. Super-neat!
... 'cause this film starts out so simple, then gets so fucking confusing and eventually mindfucks you so hard that you just need to rematch it right away!
It is true what many film critics have already said about this glorious little gem from Spain: "If you love The Twilight Zone, you will love this!"
It really is an amazing thing that such a simple premise as a man traveling back in time can change into such a weirdly morbid tale.
I actually don't want to tell too much about the whole plot because it can get spoiled pretty easily, yet the outcome of the story still is quite the shocker!
So, without saying anything else about Timeframes, go watch it! It's better then most of modern cinema's sic-fi's... so... that's should mean something, right?!
A mind-bending time travel thriller starring Karra Elejalde as the anti-Doctor Who, middle-aged schlub Hector, whose understandable desire to find out why there's a sexy young woman stripping off in the woods opposite his garden leads him into a cycle of violence, car crashes and clones. It's a really neat idea, and there's nothing wrong with Nacho Vigalando's screenplay, apart from the fact that it doesn't make any sense and has Hector acting too implausibly too often, but his plodding direction lets the film down. Some measure of repetition is inevitable given the premise, but Timecrimes slips beyond that into downright sameiness, with the constant switching between only three locations (Hector's home, the woods and a secret science facility) becoming…
Fun time-travel thriller. I may do a nitpicky, nerdy-pedantic rewatch at some point to see how the twisting plot holds up, but I had a blast the first time through.
talvez seja até melhor que primer (pq eu consegui entender)
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Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…