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Timecrimes
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by Jay Seaver

"The film that folded itself."
5 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2008 FANTASIA FESTIVAL: There's an argument to be made that a time travel story that makes one's head hurt a bit is probably a pretty good one; it generally means some thought has been put into how everything fits together. "Timecrimes" comes close to being a great time travel story because it's got the potential to make one's head hurt, but executes so well that it never comes to that.

Its unconventional hero is Hector (Karra Elejalde), something of a middle-aged schlub who just moved into a new house with his wife Clara (Candela Fernandez). As Clara goes out to get food for supper, Hector spots a pretty girl (Barbara Goenaga) taking her top off through his binoculars. He probably shouldn't go to investigate, as he winds up attacked by a bandaged man when he finds her unconscious. He climbs a fence to escape, winding up in a nearby laboratory where a grad student (Nacho Vigalondo) offers him a spot to hide, but when he gets out of the chamber, it's an hour... earlier?

Certain things which subsequently happen - or which, from another point of view, have already happened - are probably fairly obvious the the seasoned sci-fi fan. There is still satisfaction in watching them play out, though; filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo has built himself a clever clockwork mechanism of a script - and, yes, he has pulled M. Night Shamalayan's trick of inserting himself into the movie in the role that makes him the architect of the problem and allows him to explain it directly to the audience. Half the fun is figuring out how the pieces will fit together, especially since things will hit different people at different rates.

Vigalondo is actually clever enough to play off the fact that the film seems to be basically running on autopilot during it's middle section. Although Vigalondo is very careful never to actually specify which set of time-travel rules the film is operating under - either the universe runs on rails with free will essentially an illusion or it is possible to alter history and diverge timelines - we are certainly given every reason to think it runs one way until the script takes a turn and asks the question of whether or not it must. The delicious question in the end is which explanation will let one of the characters sleep at night.

Karra Elejalde is not your typical leading man, but that's part of what makes his character work here; he makes a smooth transition from Hector stumbling through a situation to acting with purpose; the film's action must take place over a fairly limited amount of time, but Elejalde is able to convince us that these hours are crucial and redefining for Hector. The rest of the characters are necessarily fairly stationary relative to Hector; Candela Fernandez and Barbara Goenaga do nice enough jobs, but there's no denying that they are people that things happen to, rather than people who do things. Vigalondo's performance is hard to rate after just one viewing; later on, it will be interesting to see how well he works double meanings and playing things close to the vest.

Probably pretty well. He's the one who wrote and directing this near-perfect pretzel of a film, consciously avoiding any easy outs, so it's a good bet that he made sure everything stands up to scrutiny.

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originally posted: 07/08/08 00:47:42
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User Comments

9/28/09 Butt Excellent premise, not fleshed out enough for me. 4 stars
6/19/09 damalc Hector accepts the whole concept of time travel a little too easily 3 stars
5/11/09 st. paul the first paragraph of this review RUINS the film. Thanks BLABBERMOUTH 4 stars
4/07/09 Baloney Not as good as Primer 4 stars
4/05/09 Raul Valdez Jr not as great as they say but its an ok movie. 4 stars
7/29/08 Marty McFly Great time travelling film that really delivers in the final act 5 stars
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  12-Dec-2008
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