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A man being pursued by a murderer stumbles into a mysterious lab and accidentally travels back in time. A
naked girl in the midst of the forest. A cloaked stranger with his face covered in bandages. A disquieting
mansion on the top of a hill. All of them pieces of an unpredictable jigsaw puzzle where terror, drama and suspense will lead to an unthinkable sort of crime. Who's the murderer? Who's the victim?

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The strangest things can happen during a summer holiday. For ordinary, middle-aged Spaniard Héctor (Karra Elejalde), time bends in on itself. He and his wife, Clara (Candela Fernández), are enjoying the tranquility of their country home when Héctor notices a nude woman in the woods (Bárbara Goenaga). While investigating the situation, a man with a bandaged face stabs his arm with a pair of scissors, and then disappears. In a nearby lab, Héctor meets a technician (writer/director Nacho Vigalondo), who helps him to hide out in a strange hatch. Moments later, Héctor emerges to find he can see his house, his wife, and himself from the top of the hill. The scientist explains that he's observing his "mirror image" from the previous day. After leaving the lab, Héctor runs into the woman from the woods, and the mysterious events from the day before begin to snap into focus, and he realizes he can only set things right by repeating everything that has already happened. The Oscar-nominated Vigalondo's first feature has elicited comparisons to time-travel movies from Back to the Future to Groundhog Day, but in its reliance on clever plotting over special effects, his thriller has more in common with the low-budget Primer. At the time of its release, United Artists announced that David Cronenberg would be handling the English-language remake, which is sure to offer up its own unique twists and turns. Like Christopher Nolan’s Memento, this jigsaw-puzzle picture calls for multiple viewings to make all the pieces fit. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Actors: Karra Elejalde
  • Directors: Nacho Vigalondo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FOPOD8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,613 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Monkdude on April 11, 2009
Format: DVD
I would have never heard about Timecrimes if not for seeing it's trailer on the Let the Right One In DVD (another foreign film worth your time). Both are going to be remade here in the US, but I doubt they will come close to the originals. This is hands down one of the best time travel movies I have ever seen. You can tell that the budget wasn't much and the film only has a total of four cast members, but with good writing and acting you don't need million dollar SFX shots. There were many moments that caught me by surprise and the farther along the movie goes the more it draws you in. I'm not sure I got everything figured out after watching it the first time, but that's what makes these kind of films so great. You can tell the writer and director, Nacho Vigalondo, put a lot of time and effort in crafting such a masterful work of Sci-Fi/Suspense. Make sure you watch this film with subtitles and not dubbed because it makes a huge difference in tone. Take it from me, this is a must see. Add it to your rental queue and prepare to have 90 minutes of thought and wonder.
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108 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Hatten on June 16, 2009
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A huge heads up, for those who are considering purchasing the video via on demand. This is the dubbed into English version...not subtitled. I stopped the movie after five minutes in. Hugely disappointed by the non-disclosure.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 3, 2009
Format: DVD
Although it is oddly classified under the horror genre, Timecrimes is definitely more fitting under the sci-fi/thriller categories, as this Spanish treat certainly delivers more on those merits than anything truly horrific. Karra Elejalde stars as Hector, a man whose tranquil life takes a different turn when he spots a naked woman (Barbara Goenaga). After he goes to investigate, he is stabbed by a man with a bandaged head, and that's only the beginning of Hector's troubles. His search for refuge leads him to a close-by science center and its technician (writer/director Nacho Vigalondo), and is only followed by a whole series of time-bending consequences. Yes, Timecrimes is one of those films that paying careful attention to helps, and while some of the developments may seem a bit predictable, the film manages to rack up the suspense factor, while also maintaining an intelligent and thought-provoking story. The minimal budget is meaningless, as Vigalondo manages to keep you enthralled throughout. With an American-ized remake on the way (of course), here's hoping that it manages to do Timecrimes the justice it deserves.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on August 24, 2011
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Given its misleading title and its time travel genre, "Timecrimes" (2008) may attract viewers expecting something along the lines of "Time After Time" (1979), in which Malcolm McDowell played H.G.Wells and used Wells' time machine to pursue Jack the Ripper. And given the "Invisible Man" (1933) inspired poster art you might expect to find Claude Rains playing a Wells' character, or maybe John Hurt playing the "Elephant Man" (1980).

If you seek a Wells' connection you better look elsewhere, but "Elephant Man" fans will find that actor Karra Elejalde (playing Hector - the main character) puts John Merrick to shame in the homely department. That poor guy is so ugly that his face actually looks better sporting the assortment of bumps, cuts, and bruises he receives during the course of the film.

"Timecrimes" is a solid time travel movie, although minimalist enough to be within reach of an ambitious college film class. The script and minimalist style are are the film's strengths. My advice would be to just take it for what it is and suppress any temptation to question the characters' motivation and behavior. As there is no attempt at characterization such questioning is a waste of time. The acting and the acting for the camera direction are so uniformly poor that most will be grateful that the characterization is so superficial, thereby saving viewers from a lot of unnecessary torture.

And don't get hung up on how the cycle started, it starts without cause at the point a time machine becomes operational. Just think of it as a literary device, something that simply occurs once it becomes possible for something like it to occur.

Time travel in the movies is typically about paradox.
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Truth be told, I probably wasn't expecting too much from the Spanish film "Los cronocrímenes" or Timecrimes," but I was feeling a bit adventurous when I bought this one. With a DVD cover tease about time travel and a graphic featuring a monstrous looking creature, I thought--at best--this might be a guilty pleasure. As I started up the film, I was instantly annoyed as the only available option was to watch it in a dubbed format--something I will never do given the choice. And the beginning of the film confirmed my worst fears in its somewhat stilted introduction and bizarre action sequence. But a funny thing happens in the cleverly wrought "Timecrimes." As the film starts to explore the primary concept of going back in time, the movie starts to loop around on itself in a very ingenious way. And far from being a simple guilty pleasure, "Timecrimes" works on its own merits as a smartly conceived and executed thriller. In fact, as "Timecrimes" progresses--it just gets better and better!

This is a film that should not be spoiled by too much previous knowledge. The less you know the better as the film can unfold its pleasures and surprises at its own pace. Let's just say this. A man spies a nude girl in the woods adjacent to his home and upon further investigation, it seems as if she's been attacked. The assailant then knifes our hero who then flees for his life. Taking refuge in a neighboring laboratory, a time machine of sorts comes into play. Yes, it takes a huge leap of faith--but just go with it! But is a time machine enough to escape from the dark forces that have already been put into play?

Writer/director Nacho Vigalondo must be given complete credit for the success of "Timecrimes.
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