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Timecrimes (2009)

Karra Elejalde , Nacho Vigalondo  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)

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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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FOPOD8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Timecrimes" on IMDb

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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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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This flick is just too cool for school 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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80 of 94 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars *Warning* Re Video On Demand June 16, 2009
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An ingenius and suspenseful parable 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sc-Fi film have have seen in ages September 18, 2011
Format:DVD
This film shows you what good acting can achieve with a well written script. Very subtle story line, humorous in parts and you really feel for our Hector's as they(he?) work their way through the time paradox. What is needed is a film showing how Hector 2, came about - for those of you who have watched the film you will know what I mean ;)

Well done to all the Actors, and the writer, director and Actor Nacho Vigalondo.

I feel this will become a bit of a classic, I have it im my collection one that I would take with me to my grave!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Think, Therefore I ... August 24, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dubbed, and badly September 12, 2011
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This is not a review of the movie because I had to stop watching after two minutes. The Instant Watch version is a terrible English dub. Do not buy or rent the Instant Watch version. I hear the movie is good though. I'm planning to rent the DVD from a competitor now.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and rare escape with a time travel film March 31, 2009
Format:DVD
What a fun ride. And I say that once I found myself laughing when the credits rolled (and not in a bad way).

A plot description is almost pointless, but we will stick with it being a time travel film involving and affecting only four characters. Our lead stumbles upon a time machine near his country home and unfortunately sets into motion a series of interconnected time lines, that in the end only affect the few characters we have come to see over and over again. When the credits role, I hope you find yourself snickering at the irony.

The picture is grainy and there is often some artifact here and there, but I feel it ads an element to the obscure premise of the film. The 5.1 sound is adequate for the realm this covers, but the English 2.0 was atrocious, I only lasted a few minutes. The special features almost outweigh the film and garner an additional star on their own. Plenty of production background and behind the scenes for those interested.

As I have read in other reviews, this is a film to watch more than once. I think if you do, it will allow you to get past the picking out of inconsistencies (hard not to do when there soooo many) and to just have fun. For those that disagree, I think that last line and scene sum up the premise. This will continue to be an overlooked little gem until the remake comes out (I think Cronenberg is doing it).
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1.0 out of 5 stars This movie was really bad but might be good to induce sleep
This movie was really bad. The acting by the entire cast was amateurish. How any one could give this movie 5 stars makes me wonder what movie did they watch? Read more
Published 1 day ago by Michael for Travel
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe you can make sense out of it but I couldn't
I kept waiting for it to get interesting but it ran itself off a cliff about 1/2 hr in. Couldn't take it any more
Published 1 day ago by Leslie M. Humble
2.0 out of 5 stars nonsensical action by leading man
Why did he do the things that he did.
Published 4 days ago by Charles R. De Haven
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoilers Follow!
Time travel movies, like autism disorders, can be laid out on a spectrum of intensity and complexity. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Binky Chottorrhśhia
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK. Watching it once was enough but ...
It was OK. Watching it once was enough but it did keep me curiously entertained enough to stay with it to the end. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Joe Bagadonuts
2.0 out of 5 stars Title of movie not connecting
Based on some screwup at a laboratory working on time travel. so this guy gets tricked into getting in the time machine (to hide because someone is chasing him) consisting of a... Read more
Published 13 days ago by T
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting and entertaining.
Published 14 days ago by Chris C.
5.0 out of 5 stars So good!
I rarely watch movies more than once. This one is very funny/entertaining every time, and leaves me thinking about it for days afterwards.
Published 14 days ago by Melike Yersiz
1.0 out of 5 stars couldn't finish watching it
couldn't finish watching it , about 20 minutes in tured it off
Published 15 days ago by Paul Mc9
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bad acting, but the concept was great
Published 16 days ago by viewsonik
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