Thursday, June 30, 2011
Movies You Missed: TIMECRIMES (2007)
While time-travel films have gotten a particularly negative rep over the past couple of years (The Butterfly Effect (2003) for it's disjointed time-travel logic; and Primer (2004) for it's non-audience friendly time-travel narrative), Spanish Director Nacho Vigalondo delivers a film that not only has fun with the genre, but reinvents it.
Without giving too much away, the story follows Hector (Karra Elejalde) as he is accidentally caught in a time machine, and travels back only an hour in time. Hector realizes that this initial accident has set in motion a series of events with potentially dangerous, paradoxical ramifications to the time-line. While the plot of the film may already seem like it's overreaching, the film's time-travel elements are complex, but easy enough to follow, so that you won't spend nearly as much time trying to keep up with the film as you think you might. Hector, along with the audience, tries to discover the mystery of the time-travel device's consequences. It becomes a puzzle that the audience can't help but want to keep trying to solve.
In keeping with the Spanish filmmaker spike of the past couple of years, Director Vigalondo's screenplay and direction on the film is above par. The story blends elements of great speculative science fiction with horror elements that work to tell a fascinating time-travel story. His story draws you in, holds the audience, and works to an ending that not only leaves the audience feeling rewarded for solving the mystery, but nails a foreboding ending that leaves one to question the implications of time-travel unlike most films of this genre. Truly a fantastic film. Highly recommended!
9 out of 10
TIMECRIMES is now available on DVD through Magnet Pictures
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