If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.
All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
The story, direction, characters, and writing/dialogue is akin to taking a tranquilizer shot to the neck, but everything else was so well done.
There are just so many things about this movie that irk me. There's no logic or motivation for most of the way this guy acts. To name just a few: -why does Hector 2 leave the compound and not wait for H1 to go back in time, as he does not realize he is actually the man with the bandages at this point? -why does H2 follow the girl into the house at all? Theoretically if he left her alone, the most she could do is scare Clara. -why does H3 crash into the white car with H2 in it, when this is basically the catalyst that leads to (what he believes is) his wife's death? While I understand that he wants to get rid of H1&2 to take their place, he knows what crashing his car will cause, so should find an alternate way to achieve his goals. And the move doesn't even address the idea that if he were to do something differently to the past Hectors, what would happen? Would he cease to exist, changing all the time-lines? Or would it cause a schism with two parallel time-lines?There are just so many failures in logic. As far as production and theoretical time travel goes, it's not that bad, but when the entire main character seems to be driven by nothing other than it must be done to move the plot along, I just can't give it a good rating. There is simply no logic. And then at the end, throwing the scissors with your prints on them on the ground in the same yard as the girl! It will become obvious that those scissors belonged to the girl in due time, and since her hair was cut just before she fell to her death, it could be used to prove his guilt. Gaahhhhhhh this movie has me so frustrated I just want to scream.
Timecrimes is the best time travel film I have ever seen. Admittedly, I've never been a huge fan of the genre. I often find them silly and too unbelievable. I understand that the viewer has to suspend disbelief in order to appreciate a time travel movie, since time travel is not a reality in our world, but I feel like so many time travel movies involve the absurd aspect of an individual gaining information from his future self, who had only gained that knowledge which he was then able to pass it on because he had already learned it
from himself. It was fine in Bill and Ted when their future selves taught them how to play their instruments, because that was a dumb comedy. They only put that in the movie because it was so stupid that it was funny. But I've been seeing it in so many serious movies lately and it makes me sick.But Timecrimes is so well done and so well acted that it never feels contrived, although it very much is. It's a fun, fast-paced, suspenseful thrill ride that's complex enough to keep you thinking and keep you guessing but easy enough to follow. And the setting and the unsuspecting characters are very fun and feel like they're out of real life. These are not the people or the places that we'd expect from a time travel film. They're the characters and the setting that would perhaps feel more appropriate in a boring drama film. And at the start of the movie they're all set up and ready for their drama, but then things take a turn when one of them stumbles upon a time machine.I realized after the first fifteen minutes that I was going to enjoy the movie. Halfway through I realized that it was one of the best films I'd seen in a while. At the end of the movie, as the credits were rolling and I was smiling uncontrollably, I realized that the movie I'd just watched would stick with me for a very long time. I would go on to watch it again and again.I don't like happy endings in movies, especially when they feel fake. And sad endings are just depressing. The ending of Timecrimes is neither and it's both. It's a good, perfect ending and it's totally unpredictable.For the past few years I've been hearing reports of a remake. I hope that never happens. Timecrimes is perfect just the way it is.
This is the kind of film that would drive my wife and daughter-in-law absolutely nuts. Spanish with English sub-titles, a Jacuzzi with a lid used as a time-machine and a totally incomprehensible plot (up until the last 5 minutes). The acting may have been good but that didn't reveal itself in the English sub-titles so I would ask the opinion of a Spaniard. Special effects were minimal and the biggest wardrobe cost must have been a distressed trench coat and a pink head bandage. As such I think it must have been made with the change left over from a 50 euro note after buying a 'Happy Meal' but, that said, for someone that almost exclusively watches big budget Oscar nominated films, this one I LIKED (in the end).
Having proved their worth in the horror genre (with recent gems such as REC and THE ORPHANAGE), the Spanish now show their hand at the science fiction genre as well, with pleasing results. TIMECRIMES is one of those low budget movies, made with a small cast on a small set, that it's best to go in knowing little about. The main thing is that this film's all about time travel, with all the mix ups, problems, and situations that arise when a couple of characters are given free access to a time machine that can transport people a few hours into the past.There are plenty of horrific undertones as this film begins; a family man's seemingly straightforward day turns into a nightmare when he stumbles across a beautiful girl in the woods, naked and apparently dead. Soon he's being chased by a masked psycho, and then the science fiction stuff comes, and the film gets really good. The rest plays out full of twists and turns while at the same time keeping the suspense bubbling along nicely. An unknown cast work wonders, with Karra Elejalde particularly efficient as the every day kind of guy losing his mind at the time travel hijinks, and Barbara Goenaga particularly lovely as the unwary cyclist caught up in the mess. Round this out with a good director and great script and you have the kind of B-movie that's far better than many similar A-list offerings.