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Written by Chris Mayo   
Tuesday, 07 April 2009

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AKA: Los Cronocrímenes

Directed by: Nacho Vigalondo
Written by: Nacho Vigalondo
Produced by: Eduardo Carneros
Cinematography by: Flavio Martínez Labiano
Editing by: Jose Luis Romeu
Special Effects: Oscar del Monte
Music by: Eugenio Mira
Cast: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo, Juan Inciarte
Year: 2007
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish
Color: Color
Runtime: 92 Minutes

Video: NTSC R1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, 2.0 (Spanish, English)
Distributor: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Studio: Magnet Releasing
Official Website: http://www.timecrimesmovie.com/

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Nacho Vigalondo’s Timecrimes begins with our main character Héctor (Karra Elejalde), sitting in a lawn chair on his property, initiating his voyeuristic sensibilities with a pair of binoculars.  Peering off into the woods he stumbles upon the money shot -- a hot chick stripping in the woods.  After getting rid of his wife Clara (Candela Fernández) who has gone to run errands, he quickly descends into the woods with the hopes of getting a closer look at the girl.  Once he locates the girl in the forest (Bárbara Goenaga), he finds that she is completely naked, unconscious and laying on the ground.  When he moves closer, looking for some indication of life from her, he is stabbed in the arm by an unknown man, his face wrapped in pinkish-colored bandages. 

Héctor quickly flees the scene and breaks into an abandoned home, in search of help.  Once inside he finds a walkie-talkie and makes contact with a man who is located in a silo, up the path from the house.  The man claims that the house is rigged with several cameras and that he can see Héctor’s attacker approaching the house. Héctor then quickly leaves the house and runs to the silo.  Once inside, the man (played by director Nacho Vigalondo) suggests that he hide in what looks like some sort of futuristic chamber, in order to evade his bandaged stalker.  Héctor reluctantly obliges.  When he reappears however, all is not well.  Everything has changed.  What Héctor concealed himself in was actually a time travel device, which sent him back in time several hours.  The problem now is that he has a double.  There is a Héctor 1 and a Héctor 2 and in order to keep his universe in order, Héctor 1 must reenact his day without letting Héctor 2 know of his existence.  What causes a major crisis in this time shift consortium is when Héctor 1 fucks up and takes the time travel plunge again, causing a major conundrum -- now there’s a Héctor 3 in the mix!

Trying to breakdown a plot summary of Timecrimes without divulging pertinent information is difficult.  Timecrimes is simply a movie you have to witness for yourself in order to get where it’s coming from.  A review won’t do this film justice.  If you’re at all intrigued by the concept of time travel, then this comes highly recommended.  Not since the low budget, 2004 film Primer has time travel been portrayed so interestingly and eloquently.  Timecrimes is complex and multilayered.  Each time Héctor attempts to rectify this paradoxical fuckup of mega proportions, you find yourself envisioning yourself in his situation, and how you would attempt to repair it.

The moment in which we initially see Héctor recreate the situation of how the woman in the woods managed to end up bare and unconscious, in such a vulnerable state, instantly grasps the viewer into utter obedience.  There is nothing else one can do at that point, other that gleefully and willingly succumb to the storyline in order to see how things pan out.  Timecrimes renders a unique take on time travel by mixing a potent dose of violence, desperation, nudity, and voyeurism into the lot.  Timecrimes will have you engrossed from beginning to end.

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SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:

- Making of
- Interviews
- Short Film
- Featurettes
- Photo Gallery
- Teaser Trailer

Magnet Releasing and Magnolia Home Entertainment presents Timecrimes with a 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen presentation, and the film looks beautiful.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 audio tracks afford the viewer the option to watch the film in its original Spanish language with English subtitles, or dubbed in English.  The choice should be the original language the film was presented in.  The English dub comes across as slightly cheesy which detracts from the film.  The choice is yours and is a welcomed option.  Magnet Releasing and Magnolia Home Entertainment did a stellar job on this DVD’s bonus material.  The features begin with an awesome and extensive 45-minute “The Making of Timecrimes” and will be a welcomed bonus for fans.  “Cast and Crew Interviews” is another nice bonus, that covers the opinions of cast and crew members including actors Bárbara Goenaga, Karra Elejalde, producer Eduardo Carneros, special effects supervisor Oscar del Monte, and writer/director/actor Nacho Vigalondo.  There is a great featurette on the makeup of the film called “The Makeup of Timecrimes”, which is a 6-minute look behind the scenes during the makeup process.  Next up is Nacho Vigalondo’s black and white 2003 short film 7:35 de la mañana.  “Timecrimes Internet Game Featurettes”, is a 32-minute featurette which demonstrates the internet advertising/marketing for Timecrimes which was created in the form of online game play.  Finishing this DVD release is a “Photo Gallery”, a “Teaser Trailer”, as well as trailers for Let the Right One In, Special and Eden Log.

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RATING:
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Timecrimes - Click here to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

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