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…
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…
Timecrimes takes a very limited cast, a very limited location, a very limited budget, and makes an immensely engrossing and fascinating (though, I'll admit, not totally original) sci-fi movie. Went into this near-blind, and had an absolute blast watching everything unravel. All you should know about this movie is that it begins with a man looking into the woods with his binoculars when he thinks he sees something.
It's a fascinating movie, it's both funny at times and incredibly dark. One scene (described vaguely so as not to spoil: Hector going to the silo as the pink man is described by the radio man) actually really fucking scared me, which is very rare. While a lot of it is semi-predictable…
Idiot stumbles into time machine powered by giant milk jugs and accidentally goes back in time one hour. Tries to fix inevitable problems - only makes things worse - illustrating why idiots shouldn't time travel.
One of the less migraine-inducing low-budget time travel movies of the last few years. Perhaps I'm getting better at half-watching films with subtitles - learn to just roll with the feel of it and don't worry so much about the details.
Timecrimes is a decent film, but the predictability of the whole movie was pretty lame. If you are familiar with this genre of movie, you will be able to predict 90% of the things to come.
Fun little time travel film that feels reminiscent of video nasties in its style.
Well since i watched triangle a few days ago my brother suggested this one to me since i really liked the time travel loop theme (having also watched and enjoyed groundhog day and edge of tomorrow a couple of weeks ago). I really like the plot and the way it is made in this film, but it is fairly simple compared to the other before mentioned films where a lot of things happen and gets understood throughout the story. In this film there are only 3 important schemes and it makes it rather simpler than the other films and maybe not quite as thrilling and exciting. It is still a great film though despite a beginning that doesn't really make…
The movie is well made and fun to watch but doesn't explain why the movie starts in the first place. If you don't care about this than its a fun movie to watch but otherwise it is very annoying to not know why all these event start in the first place, the beginning doesn't make sense.
"Although nicely layered, Timecrimes‘s plot structure is a lot less complicated than similar time loop features like Triangle or Groundhog Day or, the most complex of them all, Primer. What I most appreciated about the film, though, was not its structural complexity, but its interest in constructing a moral dilemma. It’s difficult to tell for sure if the film’s protagonist is an objectively bad person or just a victim of circumstance doing objectively bad things in order to maintain the integrity of his preferred timeline. It’s also interesting how the film turns the passive ogling of a stranger’s body into something much more violent & predatory. By the end of the film when he proclaims, “I had no choice” in regards to his escalating mess of questionable offenses, it’s all too easy to call bullshit. He had plenty of choices. He just chose to be selfish & self-preserving at every turn."
The time-travel and resultant paradox is fine but I just don't understand why she couldn't fit the table through the door?
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