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Timecrimes

3.1 out of 5 stars 301 customer reviews

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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 (301 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FOPOD8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,783 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Timecrimes" on IMDb

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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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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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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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First of all, I LOVE this movie. The 1 star is for the streaming version available from Amazon.

I've watched the original movie 3 times in Spanish with English subtitles, but this version is dubbed in English. After renting it once before and giving up, I finally decided to try watching the dubbed version. Worst mistake ever.

Not only is the voice dubbing really poor, the whole thing is badly synchronized. So you hear the guy scream and then 3 seconds later he gets stabbed. WHAT??? You'd think those parts wouldn't need dubbing and could use the original audio? Well you're wrong. This was clearly dubbed as a 3rd grade class project which somehow because the official dubbing.

In case I haven't made it clear. the dubbing is REALLY BAD. DO NOT RENT!

Not that it matters, but it also doesn't have subtitles. Which were kind of needed because the dubbing sounds like someone mumbling.
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If you really like Timecrimes, you should get ahold of the exclusive Blockbuser alternate version, which has an exclusive 66 min. chronological version in addition to the original TimeCrimes (which runs 92 mins), and is in some ways even more fascinating than the original. Once you see it, many things in the theatrical cut of the film become clearer, but paradoxically, new questions arise! Quite an experience, I must say. I wonder how the chronological editor was able to create his version. He must understand the film thoroughly. Otherwise, he wouldn't have been able to create the version he did.

Here is another Amazon buyer's take on the Blockbuster version:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R3C9B2DBACA95U/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
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This is simply one of the greatest movies ever made. It's completely insane, and if you are not completely baffled and amazed every moment of this movie, you simply aren't smart enough to realize what's going on. I saw some reviews that say the movie was "predictable." It is impossible to predict what is going to happen in the movie. If the person says it's predictable, it's because they don't even understand what's going on. The thing is, even if you guess this or that detail, it doesn't help you at all know where the movie is going. It just gets crazier the longer it goes. The movie is utterly surprising and insane from beginning to end. And Hector's acting is great, the way he's so freaked out at the beginning and by the end he's just bored by the whole thing. This movie is amazing.
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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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